The team with a smile

Ward 9 staff at the Univeristy Hospital of Hartlepool who have been nominated in the 'team of the year' category in the Best of Health awards.

Ward 9 staff at the Univeristy Hospital of Hartlepool who have been nominated in the 'team of the year' category in the Best of Health awards.

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A CARING team of more than 40 workers are in the running for a top award.

The staff on ward 9 at the University Hospital of Hartlepool has been nominated for the team award in the Hartlepool Mail-run Best of Health competition.

Ward matron Shirley Garthwaite said: “We’re delighted. It is recognition for all the hard work that the staff put in.”

She said winning the category at the finals in June would be “a real morale booster.”

Ward 9 is the acute elderly care unit at the hospital where all patients are aged over 65. “It’s always busy” said Shirley.

She said the ward had been massively busy in the last few months because the prolonged winter had led to more chest infections and other ailments.

But Sheila added: “We provide the best care we can.”

She said job satisfaction came from “walking through a ward and seeing that the patients are being well looked after.”

Ward 9, said Shirley, was different to many others because its patients could be admitted with one condition but might often have to stay longer when others are found.

“It is demanding work,” said Shirley, but she added: “We have a good team and we keep each other’s spirits up.”

The team was nominated by a member of the public who said: “They work exceptionally well together - from the domestic assistant to the ward matron and consultants all staff strive to provide the best care possible for their elderly patients.”

Shirley added: “Winning this would really mean a lot to us.”

It could not be easier for people to nominate their favourites from all sections of the health system..

All you have to do is fill in the form HERE.

Entries will be taken in the following categories:

GP of the Year;

GP Practice of the Year;

Dentist of the Year;

Nurse of the Year;

Team of the Year;

Optometrist of the Year;

Pharmacist of the Year;

Carer of the Year;

Midwife of the Year;

Receptionist of the Year;

Long Term Achievement;

Health Care Apprentice/Student.

In all categories, judges will be looking for evidence of how nominated teams and individuals have consistently delivered high quality patient-centred services and/or examples of demonstrating an excellent attitude towards patients in the Hartlepool area.

The nomination forms will also be made available in reception areas, waiting rooms and other general areas over the next few weeks.

Send your completed forms to Lynn Wild, Echo House, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.

The deadline for entries is Monday, May 6, and nominations can be made by members of the public or colleagues.