Emergency care award created in memory of much loved nurse

AN award in memory of a much loved and respected nurse has been created to highlight staff who have gone above and beyond in caring for patients.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s emergency department has set up an award in memory of Diane Jones.

Diane, who was a nursing sister in the emergency department, sadly died nearly two years ago.

The award was presented this week to Ben Baino, an associate practitioner in the emergency department, by Diane’s husband David and her daughters Hannah and Lucy who visited staff.

Louise Johnson, general manager in urgent and emergency care, said: “Diane was a wonderful nurse and an amazing person, who was respected by all who worked with her.

“She was everything a nurse should be – caring and compassionate, always going above and beyond and doing the right thing for her patients and colleagues. She touched the lives of everyone she met and she is always in our thoughts.

“This is why this award is so special to everyone in the department. Ben is a fantastic member of the team, always showing complete dedication and commitment to his patients.

“On behalf of the whole department I’d like to congratulate him for such fantastic work.”

Ben said: “I am truly humbled and honoured to have received this award, in memory of such an amazing nurse. Thank you so much.”

Since Diane passed away, staff at the trust as well as at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the North East Air Ambulance Service have set up a not-for-profit organisation called Trusts United.

It is there to help NHS workers who are absent from work due to any sort of illness, already raising several thousands of pounds through charity cycle rides.

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