Special awards presented for the response of health workers to COVID-19

A health trust has given special recognition to one of its nurses and hospital wards for the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Every month, staff at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust are recognised as part of its star and team of the month initiative.

Ward 25 stood with their team of the month awardWard 25 at the University Hospital of North Tees are the latest winners of the team category after being transformed into a unit focussing on treating COVID-19 patients.

Associate practitioner Gillian Campbell, who nominated the team, said: “The team showed commitment, compassion and dedication with patients, families and relatives – this was clear when visiting was suspended as the staff took time out to inform families and keep them updated which was a challenging task.

“No one could predict of the outcome situation – the team showed exceptional skills and worked together to provide a constant level of care which was of the highest standards proving they can accomplish any task required or given.

“At these times of extreme pressure and uncertainty the team proved just how much all their hard work and skills were needed and demonstrated.

“The whole team have worked tirelessly under extreme pressure but have always put that extra effort in for their patients.”

Prince stood with his star of the month award.The winner of the individual category was Prince Anonat, who is an advanced nurse practitioner in the Holdforth Unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

At the start of the pandemic, the unit was turned from an in-hospital facility into a base from where patients are treated in the community.

Prince was instrumental in helping set up a new way of giving patients intravenous antibiotics from their own home, three times a day.

The unit’s deputy matron, Jaime Wheatley, said: “Prince has helped to develop the vascular access side of the treatment.

“He gives up his spare time and goes above and beyond to come into the hospital and meets with the patients and completes teaching with the staff around midline insertions.

“Prince is always happy to help facilitate the midline insertion to work around the staff within the unit and the needs of patients. The patient is always his main focus and priority – due to his help and intervention we are able to prevent a hospital admission and deliver care closer to home.”


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