Patients pick their NHS stars

Local NHS staff who have provided outstanding care to their patients have been shortlisted for a special award.

Patients at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust have been having their say on which staff should be recognised at the Trust’s annual Our Stars awards.

Each year patients and visitors to hospitals in Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole and the community services run by the Trust are asked to nominate their NHS heroes for the ‘Patient’s Choice Award’.

Earlier this year patients and their loved ones were asked to put forward individual staff members or teams that made a real difference to their experience and created a lasting impression on them.

A surgeon at Grimsby hospital, the urology team at Scunthorpe hospital and the Neuro Rehab Centre at Goole hospital are finalists in the Patient’s Choice Award category.

Here’s what patients said about each of the nominees:

Mr Sushil Rekhraj, Upper GI surgeon, Grimsby hospital: “I was very ill last year with acute pancreatitis and was referred to Mr Rekhraj after a CT scan discovered lesions on my liver and a portal vein thrombosis. To say I was slightly concerned is a bit of an understatement. I was really apprehensive about my appointment but I needn’t have been because Mr Rekhraj and his nursing team were so lovely and absolutely fantastic from the very first moment. They took the time to explain my illness, and the problems that occurred as a result, in extraordinary detail and continued to consult me on what needed to happen to help my recovery. Everything went well and I have now made a full recovery. I am back at work and am able to make future plans, which seemed and impossibility at the end of last year.”

Mark Rogers, Jayne Connolly and urology nurses, Scunthorpe hospital: “My older sister had been diagnosed with cancer of the kidney mid 2017 at this time our mother was also very poorly and sadly passed away. It was a very emotional time for all the family. My sister is physically and mentally disabled so the procedure to remove the kidney was all the more complex. Mr Rogers, Jayne Connolly and the nurses who administered treatment prior to the kidney removal all showed outstanding care and compassion with dignity and respect for my family and sister. My sister is extremely scared of needles and the nurses and care teams did everything to keep her calm. She loves music and many times to keep her relaxed everyone in the room would sing her favourite songs with her!”

Neuro-Rehab Centre at Goole hospital: “My son was taken to the NRC after seven and a half months in critical care. He’d had a traumatic brain injury after a motorbike accident and because of this was left with a PEG feed, no speech and only able to move his left thumb. This team is amazing and due to their hard work Lee can now speak, feed himself, dress himself and he can use his electronic wheelchair and walk with assistance. Lee has had several setbacks to his health whilst being at the centre and the staff have worked endlessly to get over these obstacles. Lee’s strength and determination has been incredible and the staff have travelled this journey with us.”

The winner of the Patient’s Choice award will be revealed alongside nineteen other awards at the Our Stars 2018 ceremony at The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe on Friday November 2.

Our Stars 2018 is sponsored by Amvale Medical Transport.