The Parkinson’s Advanced Symptoms Unit (PASU) at Redcar Primary Care Hospital has been shortlisted for a prestigious award, just nine months after opening. The unit, which provides rapid access, assessments,and home visits for patients with complications arising from their Parkinson’s Disease, has been shortlisted in the ‘Managing long-Term Conditions’ category of the Patient Safety Awards 2016.
A community nursing team who helped fulfil a patient’s wish to die at home, a nurse who organised a wedding for a terminally ill patient and another who wrote a book for siblings about their little brother or sister’s stay in the neonatal unit. These are just a few examples of care and compassion above and beyond the call of duty recognised at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s annual Nightingale Awards.
A specialist in diabetic foot disease at The James Cook University Hospital has been awarded £30,000 for research funding – which could help prevent patients having to go through the trauma of amputation. Dr Simon Ashwell and podiatry colleague Emma Scott took the coveted prize at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Dragons’ Lair event, run by the Research and Development team.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is thought to be the first NHS trust in the country to receive six Macmillan quality awards. The Trinity Holistic Centre is the latest service to receive the prestigious Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) which demonstrates to staff, visitors and patients that a facility is welcome and accessible to all, amongst other standards.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking for nominations for its annual Nightingale Awards which recognise the hard work and dedication of nursing and midwifery staff across the organisation.
To nominate go to www.southtees.nhs.uk/about/awards/nightingale/ and submit your nomination form before the end of February.
There were no losers at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Star Awards – just a raft of inspirational stories which showcased local health services at their very best. The awards – held to recognise the work of staff, volunteers and fundraisers who have really made a difference to a patient or service – attracted hundreds of entries this year in ten different categories.
While working in the cardiac catheter laboratories at The James Cook University Hospital, sister Karen Ainsworth though of an idea that would help patients, particularly those who suffered from dementia, during pacemaker procedures. She developed handles they could hold onto and her idea earned her ‘highly commended’ at the NHS Innovations Bright Ideas awards.