Unsung Andrea nominated for tireless efforts

Andrea Gilbertson at the Adolescent Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Andrea Gilbertson at the Adolescent Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
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An inspirational nurse who works with sick and vulnerable young people has been nominated for a special award.

Andrea Gilbertson, who works on the adolescent ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, has been hailed for her passion for helping youngsters, earning her a nomination in the Unsung Hero category of this year’s Celebration Success awards.

Andrea and colleagues on the adolescent ward work to help create a safe haven for youngsters who can be suffering from anything from a broken leg to mental health problems.

Andrea said: “I love looking after young people – it’s really rewarding.

“We provide all sorts of activities for them including games and crafts to aid their recovery. We also have a fully equipped schoolroom.

“It’s not just the child that we look after, it’s the whole family. We get some really great feedback. We treat the young people with respect – they are great to work with.”

Self-harm, suicidal thoughts, depression, sexual exploitation, alcohol abuse and drug problems are just a few of the issues that Andrea and her colleagues deal with on the ward.

The ward caters specifically for young people aged 11 to 16 and Andrea has put a great deal of effort into making it a welcoming and relaxing place.

Clare Stafford, a staff nurse on the children’s ward, said: “Andrea has cascaded her knowledge to other members of staff to make sure they are all able to assist patients.

“She has created care plans for patients with eating disorders as well as one for self-harm and depression to ensure that care is equal across the board whilst still being tailored to the individual patient.

“She is always named in thank you cards as a member of staff who makes an impact on patients.”

The Celebrating Success awards, to be held later this year, have been organised by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and honour the heroes of the NHS.