Last chance to vote for your NHS hero in 2013 Pride Awards

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Last chance to vote for your NHS hero in 2013 Pride Awards

Do you know a member of staff working at our hospitals or in our community health services who deserves special recognition for their excellence and professionalism?

Patients and their families have until Friday 8th March to vote in Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s annual Pride Awards.

The Patients’ Award is an opportunity for patients and families to show their individual appreciation to a particular member of staff or team. The award, sponsored by software developers Net Orange, is shortlisted only from staff nominated by members of the public. Staff nominate colleagues for awards in six other categories.

Nominations, which can be made online at the Trust website, close at midnight on 8th March 2013. They can also be made in writing by calling 01704 704714 and requesting a nomination form.

The awards, now in their fifth year, will be held on Friday 10th May at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

Jonathan Parry, chief executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Our staff receive thousands of thank yous every year from patients and their families but the Patients’ Award is a special and very public way of saying thank you.”

Pride Award ‘especially appreciated’, says surgeon

Orthopaedic surgeon Marcus Cope’s team was the winner of last year’s Service Transformation Award with a technique that helps patients recover more quickly from joint replacement surgery.

A hip replacement patient who would have waited five days after surgery before being discharged is now going home within two to three days. The team has treated 60 patients at Ormskirk hospital since introducing the new technique early last year.

“The patients who’ve had a hip replaced in the past much prefer this new method because they’re up and about sooner and there is usually less pain,” said Mr Cope, one of the few orthopaedic surgeons in the North West working this way.

His team uses a combination of pre-operative pain killers, changes in anaesthesia and getting physiotherapists involved in the recovery process straight away to get patients on their feet as soon as possible.

“The whole process is very much a team effort,” said Mr Cope. “The Pride Award was especially appreciated because it reinforced the point we’re making a real difference to people’s lives.”

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