Radiographer who supported vulnerable child singled out for praise


Blackpool Victoria Hospital's Cardiac Centre

The Cardiac Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

A staff member who helped support a young patient to attend an appointment at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has received a Going the Extra Mile award.

Joanna Betts-Grave, a CT Radiographer, has been qualified for 13 years and joined the Trust seven years ago.

She was nominated for the award by Melissa Gregan, a Specialist Safeguarding Practitioner from the Child Exploitation Team.

Melissa highlighted the lengths Joanna went to, supporting a young, vulnerable boy.

The patient had been reluctant to attend his appointment, but Joanna stepped in to help, arranging for the boy to attend in a very short time, ensuring colleagues were aware so there was no delay.

In her nomination she wrote: “She was friendly and welcoming and that’s just what this child needed.” She added that the child would “attend further appointments due to this very good experience.”

Joanna said: “I was just doing my job, doing what I do for everybody. It’s lovely to be nominated but I really didn’t expect it.”

Going The Extra Mile is an initiative designed to help staff highlight the incredible work that goes on in the Trust every day.

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