Search is on for health heroes at leading Sussex hospital

A campaign has been launched to help celebrate health heroes at a leading Sussex hospital

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 4:52 pm

The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead - a specialist centre providing life-changing reconstructive surgery, burns care and rehabilitation services for people across the south - wants to honour its outstanding staff.

And it’s asking patients and visitors to the hospital to nominate those they think deserve special praise.

In a public appeal for nominations, the hospital asks: “Did a particular member of staff show you exceptional care and compassion? It could be the person who helped book your appointment or directed you where you needed to go, through to the nurse, therapist or doctor who cared for you.

“It only takes a minute to nominate a member of staff via this online form“If you can’t remember the full name of the person you want to choose please give as much detail as you can – what they looked like, their job etc.

“The deadline for submitting your nominations is midnight on Wednesday 10 February.”

Hospital chief executive Steve Jenkin said: “2020 was a year like no other for QVH and the NHS as a whole. What better opportunity for us to recognise and thank our staff for going the extra mile than with the help of our patients.

“We are proud of the care and compassion our hospital is renowned for and it means a lot to the staff who are nominated to know that their work has made a real difference.”

Previous staff to be recognised for their outstanding patient experience include: Emergency nurse practitioner Gill McMurdie, who was praised for helping to save a patient’s life.

Breast reconstruction nurse specialists Rebecca Spencer and Pam Golton for being kind, caring, good listeners, totally dedicated, professional and giving good honest advice and reassurance to breast cancer patients.

Consultant orthodontist Dr Lindsay Winchester, for transforming her patient from a withdrawn adolescent to a confident young woman who is now studying dentistry.

Consultant plastic surgeon Tania Cubison, who was nominated because she “changed the life” of one patient.

Staff nurse, Lorraine Loosley, who was described by her nominee as “my real life Florence Nightingale” after the care and treatment she gave a patient in the hospital’s dressing clinic.