A nurse, who provided care and support to a mother whilst her child had been suffering from sepsis, has been named as this year’s Local Hero at the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust staff awards.
Alice Burrows, who works at Lister’s Bluebell Children’s Ward, picked up the ‘Local Hero’ award, after being nominated by local mum Kathryn Lazarou.
Kathryn’s son, Aether, had been admitted with sepsis aged eight-weeks-old and again aged five-months old, and was treated by Alice on both occasions.
“I am so thrilled to hear Alice has won the Local Hero Award. She is such a genuine person and so deserving of the recognition,” said Kathryn.
“Her friendly and compassionate manner was such a huge comfort to me at a time when we were very worried for our son.
“As a parent you never expect it will be your child in hospital, especially at Christmas but to have someone as friendly, kind and knowledgeable as Alice looking after Aether was so reassuring.”
Rachael Corser, Director of Nursing and Patient Experience at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust said: “We are incredibly proud of Alice and all of our staff winners. Alice’s compassion and care really demonstrate our trust’s values and she is an inspiration to her colleagues. Thank you to Alice and all of our staff who work tirelessly for our patients every day.”
Hosted by the East and North Hertfordshire Hospital’s Charity, the ‘Proud to Make a Difference’ staff awards saw 13 individuals and teams recognised for the difference they have made at Lister Hospital, New QEII, Hertford County Hospital and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre.
Other winners on the night include:
The Unsung Hero Award – Waste Porters (G4S supported by Trust Portering and Transport)
The Vicki Adkins Above & Beyond Award – Emma Fitton
The Here to Help Award – Dawn Sheldrick, PAT Dog volunteer
The Charity Champion Award – Glyn Doggett
The Bright Sparks Award – Respiratory Team – Pleural Service
The Inspiring Leadership Award – Jennie Bloom
The Safety First Award – Resus team
The Roche Experience Counts Award – Joyce Presland
The G4S Patients First Award – Pharmacy Team
The Compassionate Care Award – AMU Green
The Clinical Team of the Year Award – Obstetrics/Maternity
The Pride of ENHT 2019 Award – Elizabeth Bessell and Children’s Emergency Department