A hospital consultant has won a Gazette award for the exceptional care he gave to a terminally ill girl.
Dr Nigel Laycock was nominated for The Gazette’s Patients’ Award, one of the categories in Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s annual Celebrating Success Awards scheme.
Margaret Seddon from Blackpool said Dr Laycock had been “a rock” when her seven-year-old great granddaughter was ill and even offered to be there for the family on Christmas day.
Margaret, who asked for her great granddaughter not to be named, said: “Dr Laycock was there for my grandson and his wife 24/7, giving them his phone number and telling them to contact him whenever they needed to. They were determined to care for my great granddaughter at home and knowing Dr Laycock would be there 24 hours a day absolutely contributed to them achieving this goal.
“It wasn’t just his skills as a clinician, although these were much appreciated, it was everything about him as a human being; his down-to-earth attitude, his friendliness, his approachability, his care, his understanding, the respect he showed to my great granddaughter’s parents and the genuine care and compassion that emanates from him.
“I can think of a dozen superlatives, but none of them come close to describing the man that Victoria Hospital is so fortunate to have as part of the team.
“Every member of our family will be grateful to him forever.”
Dr Laycock, who lives with his family in Poulton and has been a Paediatric Consultant at the Trust for 10 years, collected his award at the awards, held at Blackpool Empress Ballroom last night.
He was characteristically modest about the award and said it was a team effort.
He said: “It was a privilege to be involved with the family. They were a really lovely family and were so supportive of each other.
“I try to do the best I can for my patients and give them the best quality of life possible.
“Margaret’s great granddaughter did amazing things in the last months of her life. She lived a full life to the end.”
He said that he felt “very humbled” by the fact that the family had nominated him for the Patients’ Award.
Margaret added: “My great granddaughter loved when Dr Laycock came to visit and was always happy to see him.
“She died at home and Dr Laycock stayed with us for at least an hour afterwards. He was just amazing.”
The runners-up for The Gazette’s Patients’ Award were Consultant Chest Physician Dr Tarek Saba and the staff on Ward 15A.
Clinical Team of the Year went to the Care Home Support Team in Blackpool. The winner of the Non Clinical Team of the Year category was the Estates and Capital Development team.
The winner of the Innovation and Service Improvement Award was Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Specialist Sandra Singleton.
The winner of Radio Wave’s Unsung Hero Award was Staff Nurse Lianne Harrison.
A special Chairman’s Award went to the Chaplaincy team.
Read about all the award winners in The Gazette on Monday