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Dorset Healthcare awards ceremony praises hardworking staff and volunteers
STAFF and volunteers were singled out for praise during the health ‘Oscars.’ The dedication of workers was recognised at Dorset Healthcare’s annual awards ceremony.
They included nursing auxiliary Polly Coleman, pictured, at Weymouth’s Westhaven Hospital, who won the compassion in care award.
“Even the most challenging patients within our care respond well to Polly. She is a quiet, gentle, modest and thoughtful person who prompts heartfelt comments about the care she provides,” judges from Dorset Healthcare said.
There were joint winners for volunteer of the year, including Jean Hamdoff, Myra Henville and Nikki Pitt, who make up the team at Westhaven Hospital who are said to be ‘unrelenting in their drive to improve the patient experience.’ Also scooping the award was Denise Andrews of the Linden Unit in Weymouth, described as ‘dedicated and committed’ supporting the occupational therapy department.
Tracey Brown, occupational therapist from West Dorset’s Community Learning Disabilities team received the partnership working award.
This came after her successful delivery of the Disabled Equipment Centre (DEC) project in Sturminster Newton.
The chairman’s award was presented to Chris Pacey and Lorraine Bailey for their combined half century of service and dedication to the care of people with learning disabilities.
The winners received a commemorative glass trophy in front of hundreds of staff, patients and members of the public.
Chief executive Paul Sly said: “Our annual awards ceremony is an opportunity to show our appreciation.
“Our staff continue to show real dedication to providing quality healthcare services across Dorset, services that we’d be happy to recommend to family and friends. Their daily commitment and enthusiasm for the work they do is inspiring.” He added: “While our ceremony allows us to reward a small number of them, it goes without saying that we are proud and grateful to all our staff and volunteers for their hard work.”
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