A medic who went ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to support the heartbroken family of a terminally-ill child was just one of a host of hospital staff honoured for their commitment and kindness.
Teams and individuals from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were celebrated in a glittering ceremony in the Empress Ballroom, in the Winter Gardens, on Friday night.
The annual Celebrating Success Awards saw Dr Nigel Laycock receive a rapturous applause and standing ovation from colleagues as he collected The Gazette’s Patients’ Award for his support of the family of a terminally-ill seven-year-old.
It was a “humbling” moment, he said.
“The fact this is the Patients’ Award, and they’ve voted for you, is very special,” he told The Gazette.
“They were a special family, very easy to work with and very grateful and lovely. This award is as much for them. They were amazing. It’s nice to get this recognition, it’s an honour.
“But there’s so many other people too, my secretary Patrice Day, the team at Brian House children’s hospice, the district nurses, this award is for the whole team.”
Attendees were treated to a sumptuous dinner from caterers Rowleys before cheering on friends and colleagues as Radio Wave’s Hayley Kay and Andy Mitchell announced the winners.
The runners-up for The Gazette’s Patients’ Award were Consultant Chest Physician Dr Tarek Saba and the staff on Ward 15A.
A special Chairman’s Award went to the Chaplaincy team, who said they were bowled over with the accolade and were delighted with their £1,000 prize money, to be spent in their department.
A further five awards were handed out;
* Clinical Team of the Year went to the Care Home Support Team in Blackpool. The runners-up were the Integrated Assessment Team and Wards 25 and 26 at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
* The winner of the Non Clinical Team of the Year category was the Estates and Capital Development team. The runners-up were the Better Care Now Pathways team and the Chaplaincy team.
* The winner of the Innovation and Service Improvement Award was Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Specialist Sandra Singleton. The Trust’s Enhanced Recovery in Cardiac surgery team and the Volunteer Navigators were runners-up.
Employee of the Year was Emergency Department Consultant Simon Tucker.
* The winner of Radio Wave’s Unsung Hero Award was Staff Nurse Lianne Harrison and the runners-up were the Community Special Needs Team North and Midwife Eileen Shaw.