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
Patients and their families have until Friday, 8 March 2013, 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 6 other categories.
Nominations, which can be made online at the Trust
close at midnight on 8 March 2013. They can also be made in writing
by calling:- 01704 704714 and requesting a nomination form.
The awards, now in their 5th year, will be held on Friday, 10 May
Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.
Jonathan Parry, chief executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital
NHS Trust, said:- "Our staff receive thousands of thank you
every year from patients and their families, but the Patients' Award
is a special and very public way of saying thank you."
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 5 days after surgery
before being discharged is now going home within 2 to 3 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.
The Pride Award was especially appreciated because
it reinforced the point we're making a real difference to people's
for Central station
LIVERPOOL Central station
has won a top national award following a £20m upgrade.
Central, the busiest underground station outside London, picked up
the Station Excellence accolade at the Rail Business Awards,
presented for 'the introduction of the most successful new idea
or outstanding business performance at a UK passenger rail station.'
Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel – 1 of the 3 partners in
the refurbishment programme said:- "We knew that the upgrade
had been a success in terms of enhancing the experience for the
travelling public of the City region, and we are delighted that the
station's excellence has been recognised."
Maarten Spaargaren, Managing
Director of Merseyrail, added:- "Liverpool Central is a
station that Merseyrail, Merseytravel and Network Rail are extremely
proud of. The station is now fit for the future and in keeping
with Liverpool as a progressive and developing City in the heart of
Merseyside. Passengers remain extremely satisfied with the
improvements to their experience when travelling through our
Karen Hornby, area manager for Network Rail, said:- "Central
had not had any significant refurbishment work for 35 years and as
more and more passengers use the rail network, upgrading the station
was essential. This was a challenging project, but one which
was delivered on time, giving passengers a bright, modern station
which is fit for the twenty-first century."
Every year, around 18 million passengers use the station. The
regeneration programme saw the complete closure of the station for
four months and work continued for several more months before it was
fully reopened in October 2012.
The judges praised the partners for the award-winning project. They
said:- "This scheme pushes all the right buttons. So much has
been done to improve the passenger experience and make travelling by
train a pleasure. It's also pleasing to see the extent to which
partnership working secured a successful outcome."