Patients award for health care excellence – get your entries in

 Gazette Patients' Award winners 2015 Ward 15B

Gazette Patients’ Award winners 2015 Ward 15B

Outstanding NHS employees are honoured annually at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals’ Celebrating Success Awards ceremony – and we are asking patients, carers and members of the public to nominate staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to care for patients and their families.

Last year more than 100 nominations were made for teams and individuals working for the Trust in the highly coveted Gazette’s Patients Award category.

The judging panel was delighted that so many people took the time to nominate members of staff for The Gazette’s Patients’ Award. Our judges are hoping there will be even more entries for this special award in 2016.

The Gazette’s Patients’ Award is part of the annual Celebrating Success Awards which celebrate the excellent care that members of staff give every day at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

If you would like to nominate a member of staff from either the community or acute hospital who gave you, or someone in your family, an exceptional level of care – we’d love to hear from you.

You can nominate by contacting the Communications Office at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals on 01253 953059 or by writing to them at Communications Office, Home 15, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool FY3 8NR and requesting a nomination form.

Alternatively forms can be filled in online by visiting the Trust’s website at

Nominations for the 2016 award close on Friday, July 15, 2016. The judging panel will meet on Tuesday, August 16th.

The overall winner in this section last year was Ward 15B at Blackpool Victoria Hospital who were nominated more than 20 times by grateful patients who described them as kind, caring, professional, polite, helpful, friendly, compassionate, lovely and fantastic.

The runners-up in this category were the Ophthalmic Surgical Department and Ward Sisters Vanessa Wilcock and Michelle Knighton from Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Sisters Vanessa and Michelle were nominated by a woman whose mother was cared for on Ward 26. She said she saw Vanessa and Michelle demonstrate extreme kindness, selfless action, concern, excellent care and attention and the growth of a special friendship, despite her mum’s often challenging behaviour due to dementia.

The Ophthalmic Surgical Department was nominated by a patient who was treated “expertly” and “sympathetically” during his cataract operation. He said everyone in the department deserved recognition for their excellent care.

The entire event was funded thanks to the generosity of sponsors and supporters.

Wendy Swift, Chief Executive (Interim) said: “This is the 10th anniversary of Celebrating Success and each year we have been overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of applications received.

“It is humbling to read reports of the care and expertise our staff give to the patients both in the acute hospital and in the community. I have seen so much great work and talent across the Trust.

“It is important that we commend all staff for their hard work and excellent care and recognise those who really stand out to our patients. Last year we saw record entries which goes to show how much our staff are appreciated by our patients and their families.”


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