It’s been an exciting weekend for University Hospital Southampton, with a nomination and a win for two of our nurses at The One Show’s NHS Patients Awards. The national awards, which were presented live on BBC One on Friday 11 May, celebrated inspirational NHS staff members who have made a difference to patients and their families.
Sarah Hartfree, a paediatric rheumatology nurse, was nominated in the children and young people's care category by Donna Wilkins, the grandmother of a child with juvenile arthritis. At the awards, Donna praised not only the outstanding care Sarah gives to her patients, but her efforts to improve the hospital experience for them, from fundraising to Christmas parties and much more. When asked how she felt about the nomination, Sarah said: “It is amazing, but we all work hard in the NHS and we all love our jobs ... it’s normal.”
When Fiona Chaâbane, senior clinical nurse in neurosciences, heard that she had won the nursing and midwifery award, she was shocked and delighted. Amanda Rees, who nominated Fiona, called her ‘a unique individual with no real concept of the enormous difference she makes on a daily basis.’ Since Amanda’s partner Paul was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a form of young-onset dementia, Fiona has provided amazing support for their whole family. She helped Paul find a part-time job that he could manage with his condition and runs a support group for her patients’ partners. Fiona described the award as ‘overwhelming and humbling’, saying: “I can’t put it into words how flattered I am to be honoured by people who are facing such difficulties in their own lives.”
There were also celebrations for the UHS laboratory staff and play specialists who set up a Harvey’s Gang in Southampton, a project that helps make visiting hospital a less scary experience for our young patients: Malcolm Robinson, the founder of Harvey’s Gang, received the award for children and young people’s care. The inspiration for the project came from a young patient called Harvey who, when being treated at Worthing Hospital, asked to see the laboratory where his blood went and how it was tested, before being given a full tour. When Harvey sadly died in 2014, Malcolm, chief biomedical scientist at Western Sussex Hospitals, created Harvey’s Gang so that more ill children would have the opportunity to further understand their treatment. More information on Harvey’s Gang at UHS is available on our careers website.
Posted on Monday 14 May 2018