Public encouraged to pick their Patient Choice Award winner

Release Date: 27/09/2017

Public encouraged to pick their Patient Choice Award winner

Four finalists have today been named in The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital’s Patient Choice Award – and it is up to YOU to decide who you would like to see take home the special title.

RJAH patients past and present were invited to nominate a member of staff who made a positive impact on them.

The eventual winner will receive their prize at the hospital’s Celebration of Achievement Awards evening at the Lion Quays Hotel on 23 November.

A record 35 nominations were received for the Patient Choice Award, and a shortlisting panel met for the difficult task of picking the finalists who are being put to a public vote. The fantastic four are:

·         Mr Shashank Chitgopkar - Consultant Spinal Surgeon

·         Pip Page-Davies - Staff Nurse, Oswald Ward

·         Gill Lawrence - Extended Scope Practitioner

·         Mary Watkins - Specialist Psychologist Rehabilitation Practitioner

The four finalists were nominated by former patients who had their own moving stories of the high quality care they received during their time at the hospital.

Patient Carla Kelly, who nominated Mr Chitgopkar, said: “He is a very kind and patient person who is very easy to talk to. He is very professional and always has time to explain. He listens. He didn’t say ‘No’ and he didn’t give up.

“I could go on... he is a true professional and I am so glad I am in his care - he is a diamond.”

Bethany Eason, who nominated Pip, said: “I shared every blood, sweat and tear with Pip. I had a traumatic experience at my previous hospital before getting transferred here. Pip was there.

“On the very day when I was in agony and absolute distress, Pip didn’t finish her shift on time. She stayed until after 10pm on her day shift to try and make me as comfortable as possible.

“I think Pip is a very deserving and hardworking nurse and it takes someone special like her to make the NHS a better place for patients like me. I know she is a worthy recipient of this award and I cannot express my gratefulness and gratitude to her enough.”

Lynne Hosken, who nominated Gill, said: “This award would just recognise her continuous outstanding performance, leadership and tireless efforts in delivering highly skilled care, positive guidance and massive support to me and other patients that suffer the debilitating disease Ankylosing Spondylitis.

“Gill has without a doubt made a huge difference to the quality of my life and I know these words apply equally to her in relation to the many other patients she assists. AS is quite a 'hidden health issue' but Gill and her colleagues recognise its significance and I know she takes every opportunity to spread awareness in the endeavour to prevent some avoidable disabilities becoming irreversible.”

Paul Rhodes, who nominated Mary Watkins, said: “I am both a patient and also work for the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) as a peer support at the spinal centre.

“I feel very lucky to know Mary, both as a patient and one of the members of staff on the spinal unit that help me support the patients.

“Mary is a wonderful person, one who will make time to speak with you and as a patient has helped me many times.

“She is so easy to talk with and understanding the impact of the spinal cord injury as not just the patient but their family and friends too yet without crossing patient confidentiality.”

The full nominations can be found on the Patient Choice Award voting page on the RJAH website at People will be able to go to this page to read the nominations, then cast their vote for the winner. The deadline for voting is midnight on Sunday 15 October.

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