Heroic actions of healthcare staff celebrated at annual award show

Posted: June 13, 2016

GWH celebrates staff excellence

The hard work, dedication and commitment of healthcare staff in Swindon and Wiltshire was celebrated last week as Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust announced the winners of its Staff Excellence Awards.
 
Now in its seventh year, the annual award show is an opportunity to raise a glass to the people who go above and beyond each day caring for the people of Swindon and Wiltshire.
 
Swindon MECA hosted the event on Friday 10 June and provided the backdrop to an evening of inspirational stories and moving accounts of the amazing achievements that have taken place at the Great Western Hospital and across Wiltshire over the last year.
 
One of the evening's many highlights came when the heroic actions of intensive care staff, who helped a sick patient get from his hospital bed to London for a family wedding, prompted a rapturous applause from the audience.
 
Nerissa Vaughan, Chief Executive, said: "This is my fifth Staff Excellence Awards since joining the Trust and each year I have always been so moved and humbled by the calibre of nominations we receive and this year has been no exception.
 
"The fact that every incredible achievement which I've read about has taken place during the busiest year the NHS has ever seen is remarkable and all our staff should feel very proud."
 
Among the nine awards presented on the night include the 500 Lives Award, which celebrates staff who have shown commitment to the Trust's vision of saving an extra 500 lives by 2020, the Team of the Year Award and the coveted Patients' Choice, for which all the nominations were decided by the public.
 
This year's winner was Dr Sathish Kumar, Registrar and Clinical Fellow, who identified an extremely rare and often fatal condition called Boerhaave Syndrome in a patient who attended the Emergency Department at GWH on Christmas Day last year.
 
Dr Kumar's quick thinking and ability to join the dots in a difficult situation led to the patient undergoing emergency and life-saving surgery early on Boxing Day morning at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.
 
The nomination for Dr Kumar from the patient's wife read: "His expert knowledge and fast action saved my husband's life and I will be eternally grateful.
 
"I thank God each day that it was Dr Kumar working in the Emergency Department that night.
 
"The outlook for my husband is now very positive. He owes his life to this doctor who played a vital part in his incredible journey."
 
A raffle in aid of Brighter Futures' Radiotherapy Appeal was also held and raised £1,000 towards the cause to bring life-saving cancer treatment to Swindon.
 
For the full list of winners, as well as pictures from the night, visit www.gwh.nhs.uk or go to the Trust's official Facebook page. 

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