Oxford Mail Hospital Heroes 2013
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Five individual staff members and five teams were shortlisted from almost 100 nominations and The Oxford Mail ran coverage of all shortlisted teams and individuals throughout November.
The winners were presented with a crystal-style ornament and all shortlisted candidates with a framed certificate at the OUH Staff Recognition Awards at Blenheim Palace in Novembe 2013.
- Dr Catherine Swales, Rheumatology Consultant, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
- Dr Tim Betts, Heart Consultant, John Radcliffe Hospital
- Rowena Pearce, Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Children with Disability
- Sarah Jackson, ENT Plastics Dressing Nurse, John Radcliffe Hospital
- Annie Bateman, Macmillan Cancer Nurse Specialist
Winner - Rowena Pearce
Rowena was nominated by three readers from the Oxford Mail:
"My son was born in March and was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome, 24 hours after his birth. Rowena was the first person to explain to us what this meant and offer help. Her approach and caring manner made the diagnosis easier to come to terms with and her support since that day has been invaluable. She is always at the end of the phone and if you can't reach her she returns your call within a short space of time despite being incredibly busy. I know Rowena would always answer any questions I may have and if she can't answer something she always finds out the best contact and puts you in touch. I think Rowena always does so much more than her job specification for everyone. I can't tell you what a support this is for parents like me who receive the diagnosis of their baby as a complete shock. Without it we would feel alone and facing only the medical side of what having Down's Syndrome means to our children. Rowena brings us together and we focus on all the positives that our wonderful children bring to our lives every day.
"Rowena is a community nurse specialist who specialises in children with disabilities. My son was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome while I was 15 weeks pregnant. I first met Rowena when I was 35 weeks pregnant with him and now he is almost four. He has undergone open heart surgery as well as two surgeries on a diaphragmatic hernias, and spent a lot of time in hospital. We have come close to losing him more than once and Rowena has offered enormous support to us as a family, even travelling down to Southampton to see us after he had his open heart surgery! She is always on the other end of the phone and has come to visit us many times at home. She goes over and above her job and helps many families like mine throughout Oxfordshire, we would be lost without her."
"Rowena has looked after me and my daughter Seren since she was born in 2010 and diagnosed with Down's Syndrome. Rowena has been the first point of contact and has always been on hand to help, to listen, and to get us the highest level of care. Rowena is absolutely brilliant and without her the Down's Syndrome service at the JR wouldn't exist."
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- Ward 5F, John Radcliffe Hospital
- MND Clinic Team
- Renal Unit, Churchill Hospital
- Intensive Care Teams
- Sobell House
Winner - Ward 5F, John Radcliffe Hospital
Ward 5F was nominated by Maxine Hartnett from Oxford:
I would like to nominate ward 5F for the service and care given to me and the support they gave to my husband and family during my stay on the ward - I was seriously ill and not expected to live. All the staff are true heroes from the cleaner, House-Keeper, receptionists, Health Care Assistants, nurses and doctors. I was on the ward for three months, I was on deaths door by they got me well enough for my liver transplant in Birmingham and when things went wrong after my transplant, they had me back in ward 5F and looked after me again. I call them on the ward my family, as they treated me like one of their own family. When I had a bad day they gave me a cuddle. Also they have done the same to my husband so I think the award should go to the 5F Ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
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