A ward clerk who became hairdresser to a patient with dementia and staff on a ward who supported an unwell mother to breastfeed her new-born baby were recognised in Basildon University Hospital’s latest staff awards.
Linda Shaves was nominated by Debbie Hewitt, activity coordinator for dementia, after she spent two hours taking care of a patient with dementia who had badly matted hair. The elderly lady was in discomfort when she arrived on Lionel Cosins ward. Linda offered to wash, cut and comb the patient’s hair in the reminiscence room on Kingswood Ward, which has a replica hair salon area. Debbie said in her nomination: “Linda was caring and treated the lady exactly like she was in a hair salon. She worked a miracle!”
Roding Ward staff were nominated by the specialist midwives for infant feeding for supporting a very unwell mother to continue breastfeeding her baby in hospital. The team contacted maternity and spoke to the specialist midwives, researched medicines suitable for breastfeeding, helped the patient express milk and took the milk to the neonatal intensive care unit for storage. The nomination said: “Not once did any member of staff give the impression that breastfeeding was an inconvenience. This was very important to the patient, as breastfeeding was the only way she felt she could contribute to the care of her child while in hospital.”
Mandy Brokenshow, emergency planning officer, also won an award for her hard work and support to keep the Trust safe and prepared for any eventuality, especially in light of the recent NHS cyber attack.
The awards were presented by Danny Hariram, director of workforce and organisational development. He said: “Our staff awards are given specifically to those who embody the Trust’s values of safe, caring and excellent. Well done to this month’s deserving winners.”