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.
Three walkers really stepped up to the mark for the Friarage Hospital’s MRI scanner appeal. The intrepid trio – Judith Masterman from the appeals team, Glen Rock, Friarage hospital PA and husband Chris – completed the gruelling Lyke Wake Walk in an impressive 21 hours braving testing conditions and showing incredible spirit.
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.
Midwives and staff at the Friarage maternity centre are opening their doors to the general public for the first time next week to showcase the excellent services that are still available for women and their babies.
Among the visitors will be Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, who will officially ‘open’ the centre and meet the team who work there.
Staff nurse Sarah Brooks has landed this year’s prized Nightingale award for her outstanding contribution to patient care.
Sarah, who works on the neonatal unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, also took home the award for staff nurse of the year, to make it a double celebration for the 34 year-old from Marton.
THE midwife-led maternity centre at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton has been praised by UNICEF’s UK baby friendly initiative, for the promotion of breastfeeding. The centre met all of the criteria relating to Stage 3 accreditation and now has the same level of accolade as the maternity unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Intrepid Darren Hodgson is really going that extra mile by running the ASICS Greater Manchester marathon in Trafford on Sunday 19 April 2015. Darren, 41, from Thirsk is taking on this mammoth challenge in memory of his dad – Tom Hodgson – who passed away at the Lambert Memorial Community Hospital in Thirsk, five years ago in May 2010.