Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust Awarded In NHS Parliamentary Awards 2020

Nov 23, 2020 | Cirencester, Gloucestershire, Hospitals

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation has been awarded in the regional round of the NHS Parliamentary Awards, announced today.

The Trust has been awarded the Care and Compassion Award, supported by LVE, for Coln ward at Cirencester Hospital, having been nominated by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP for The Cotswolds.

The team adapted to caring for COVID-19 patients while maintaining the highest levels of care and compassion. They took innovative approaches to ensure patients remained connected with their loved ones, despite visiting restrictions. This included using iPads for virtual visits and moving beds to the window. For patients who sadly died, they provided a pair of crocheted hearts as a precious
keepsake – one to stay with the patient, and the other for their loved ones to keep.

Linda Edwards, Matron of Cirencester Hospital said: “We are over the moon to win the South West Care and Compassion Award in the NHS Parliamentary Awards, and I am immensely proud of the team for their continued hard work and dedication to patient care throughout this highly pressured and difficult time”

“We have received such lovely feedback from the patients in our care, and this is testament to the Coln Ward staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure patients remain connected with their loved ones during the pandemic”

MPs and NHS leaders in the South West have joined forces to honour health and care staff who have helped to improve treatment for patients in the regional round of the NHS Parliamentary Awards, announced today.

The coronavirus pandemic, the greatest public health challenge in the history of the NHS has helped prompt a record number of nominations from MPs across the country who have sought to shine a light on the dedication of nurses, midwives, GPs, physiotherapists, pharmacists, healthcare assistants, porters, cleaners, and countless other staff who have contributed to the unprecedented response.

The judges have today chosen the 10 regional winners from nearly 70 nominations. Elizabeth O’Mahony, Regional Director of NHS England and NHS Improvement in the South West, said: “It’s been a momentous year that’s tested the NHS as never before, so it’s fantastic to see the work of staff across the South West recognised in this way.”

“Yes, the pandemic has dominated the headlines during 2020, but these awards are about far more than that. They show the breadth and diversity of the work that goes on, day in and day out, across the health service in the South West.”

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