A nurse who helped a colleague in crisis was the winner of the People’s Health Hero Award at Blackpool hospitals’ annual Celebrating Success staff awards.
Advanced Clinical Practitioner Lucy Cardwell was on duty in the Emergency Department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital when a colleague and new mum arrived with her poorly baby.
In her nomination, the mum recalled how she arrived hysterical, running up to the first person she thought could help.
This person was Lucy who was “incredible from that very moment”.
The new mum said: “Not only did my baby receive the most amazing care … but so did I, which was going above and beyond what she had to do.”
Deputy Chief Executive Steve Christian, who presented Lucy with her award, said her actions were in the very best traditions of the NHS which marks its 75th anniversary on 5 July.
“It’s heart-warming to know that there are many people like Lucy here across the Trust when we need them,” he said.
Lucy said: “I feel very privileged to work for the NHS. Being able to provide care and support for patients and relatives at their time of need is so important to me. The NHS gives patients the reassurance that the care they receive will be high quality and focused on them from the minute they step into the Emergency Department.”