A HEALTHCARE assistant who organises a clothing collection for homeless patients brought into the Emergency Department every year was just one of the NHS staff thanked at a special awards ceremony.
Linda Phillips who has worked for the Trust for 17 years said: “I am really thrilled to have won the award but I’m a bit shocked because I didn’t think I was doing anything special.
“I just try to stock-up on clothes and sleeping bags which can be given to homeless patients, it’s about treating people with dignity and knowing that we are not sending them out of hospital in wet and dirty clothes.”
The annual ceremony known as the OSCAs, celebrates staff from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust who work at University Hospital, Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby.
Also among the winners were Dr Karen McLachlan a consultant paediatrician well known for her work in child protection and her care for parents whose child die unexpectedly and Ted Smith a hospital volunteer for 25 years who provides a tea service to patients on the cancer ward every afternoon, won Hospital Volunteer of the Year Award.
The ceremony, hosted by BBC presenter Lorna Bailey, was attended by nearly 300 doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and behind the scenes staff.
Nominations for the awards were open to staff and patients who put forward their hospital heroes for award categories including Going the Extra Mile for Patients Award and Behind the Scenes Individual or team award of the Year award.
Chief Executive Officer, Andy Hardy said: “I am immensely proud of our staff.
“These staff awards recognise and celebrate those who really have gone above and beyond the call of duty and it is amazing to see staff who think that they have gone unnoticed, recognised across our entire Trust.
“We are always grateful for the support we receive from our staff and the communities of our hospitals who take the time to nominate and also for the sponsorship that enable the event to happen.”