Vote for your Patient Choice Awards winners

Release Date: 18/09/2019

Vote for your Patient Choice Awards winners

Four individuals and four teams at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital have been named finalists in the Patient Choice Awards – and it’s up to you to decide who takes home the special titles.

Past and present patients were asked to nominate a member of staff or a team who went above and beyond.

The winners – who will be selected by a public vote online – will receive the award at the Celebration of Achievement Awards at the Lion Quays Hotel on 21 November.

Over 50 nominations were submitted for outstanding people across the Oswestry-based hospital in the Patient Choice Award (Individual), and a shortlisting panel met to decide the final four who are being put to public vote.

The final four are:

  • Jean Blakemore, Healthcare Assistant on Alice Ward, the dedicated children’s ward
  • Jayne Brown, Physiotherapist
  • Emma Evans, Healthcare Assistant on the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries
  • Mr Simon Hill, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Foot and Ankle team

Jean received three nominations from Jason and Ethan Shaw, Kathleen Gray and Danny Burrows.

Kathleen said: "Jean will always stop to talk to you and she is kind, helpful and friendly. Thank you Jean for everything you have done for me and Tomos."

Jayne was nominated by Siwan Owen. She said: "Working in the NHS myself as a Nurse, I know what qualities are needed to work with patients and Jayne has all she qualities. She has given me my life back and I will forever be in debt to her.”

Rob Bromage, who nominated Emma, said: "Wow, what can I say about Emma? She had no experience in care until she came to MCSI earlier this year and her attention to detail, caring presence and pleasant nature will see her go far.”

Mr Simon Hill was nominated by Caroline Gregg, John Sumner and Abi Kelly.

Abi said: "He always takes the time to explain everything thoroughly whilst having a great sense of humour and being extremely patient with any questions or worries. I work in the NHS myself and the care Mr Hill provides is the exact care all staff should be giving to patients - he is brilliant!"

Another 35 plus nominations came in for teams across RJAH in the Patient Choice Award (Team) category. The final four are:

  • Baschurch Day Unit – our dedicated day surgery unit
  • Clwyd Ward – one of our orthopaedic surgery wards
  • Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI) – our spinal cord injury unit
  • Montgomery Unit – our oncology outpatient department

Baschurch Day Unit received an outstanding 11 nominations. One nomination was from Terri Dhawan, which said: "Even though I work at RJAH, it's always different going on the other side and being a patient. Nothing was too much trouble and the team went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable. I knew I wasn't getting 'special treatment' as a staff member, as I heard many compliments about the team in the Discharge Lounge."

Clwyd Ward had four nominations from Rebecca Blanchard; Geraldine Bunning, Jane Mottram and Helen Shaw; Jill Loska; and Melody Preston.

Rebecca said: "I was rushed in for emergency surgery and, throughout my stay; the team on Clwyd Ward maintained five star care and went above and beyond for me. Nothing was ever too much trouble for the team - they're all true professionals who are extremely caring and absolutely amazing."

MCSI received five nominations from Natalie Holder, Meira Lloyd-Owen, Huw Griffiths, Sarah Downes and Paul Rhodes.

Meira said: "It's been 13 years since I was admitted as a patient on the unit - I still get emotional when I think of my time there and all the staff that helped me through my darkest days. Over the years, I've heard other people's horrendous stories about the lack of care for spinal cord injury patients, which just reiterates what an amazing team they are. They heal you mentally as well as physically.”

Montgomery Unit was nominated by Saffron Sparkles and Maurice Jones.

Maurice said: "The team on Montgomery Unit really care about their patients and it's often taken for granted, but the most important thing for patients is being treated with dignity and respect - qualities all the team have.”

Voting closes at 9am on Friday 11 October.

Picture caption [from left - right]: Top row - Jean Blakemore, Healthcare Assistant on Alice Ward; Jayne Brown, Physiotherapist; Emma Evans, Healthcare Assistant on MCSI; and Mr Simon Hill, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Bottom row - Baschurch Day Unit; Clwyd Ward; MCSI; and Montgomery Unit.

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