CARING staff from a Wirral hospital were congratulated at an annual awards ceremony.
Hundreds of colleagues from Wirral University Teaching Hospital swapped their uniforms for evening attire to attend the Foundation Awards at the Floral Pavilion, in New Brighton.
In total, 21 awards were handed out to teams and individuals.
Hosting the event was local comedienne Pauline Daniels, who brought applause and tears when winning nominations were read out.
Employee of the Year Award was won by staff nurse for critical care, Sarah Parker, who was recognised for going the extra mile while carrying out her daily duties. Sarah said: “Never in a million years did I expect to be nominated, never mind be lucky enough to win employee of the year.
“I can’t put into words how much this award means to me, but I would like to thank my colleagues from the bottom of my heart.”
The “Treating You Well” team award went to the accident and emergency team. This award is made by patients and friends who have experienced or witnessed hospital care.
On behalf of the team, Julie Tunney added: “No two days are ever the same. Our amazing staff work extremely closely as a team, facing many challenges together on a daily basis.
“We are really proud to have achieved this award. It’s great that our work has been recognised by patients who feel that they have confidence in their local accident and emergency department.”
Outstanding contribution to volunteering was won by Ben Darby.
Ben, who is registered blind, and has been a volunteer at Arrowe Park Hospital’s fracture clinic for four years, said: “I never expected to win! I love my voluntary work and look forward to a Tuesday and a Thursday every week.
“The opportunity to meet so many people and give something back to the NHS, which has given me so much over the years, is an honour.”
Other winners were clinical nurse Christine Castree, consultant geriatrician Dr Rosemary Morgan, lead nurse for sexual health service Diane Comber, clinical support worker for emergency department David McCormick, medical records team, critical care team, clinical educator for critical care Denise Albiston, security team, Alison Quinn, blood sciences team, biomedical scientist Susan Spencer, orthogeriatric rehabilitation team, medical secretary Jeanette Hogg, anaesthetic support in theatres, ward manager 16 Elaine Lewis, ward manager 54 Emma Hare, High Risk Midwives Fetal Medicine Unit, and respiratory nurse Sue Smith.