CARING NHS staff have been recognised for their service to patients.
More than 30 winners of the WOW! award scheme were treated to a buffet lunch at The Ark Conference Centre at Basingstoke hospital.
The awards scheme sees patients and consultants nominate staff for their work, in four categories – patient safety, above and beyond, innovation and environmental and sustainability and productivity.
Phil Whitehead, a non-executive director at the trust, said governors were proud to read nominations for the latest awards, before choosing the winners.
He told the winners: “It makes us so proud and somewhat humbled to be playing a small part in what is a remarkable organisation.”
Among the winners was Sarah Tombling, a specialist diabetes nurse at Basingstoke hospital, who was nominated by a patient.
The 42-year-old, from Alton, said: “The thing with diabetes is it affects every aspect of their day-to-day living.
“To be nominated for something like this, to show you have made a difference to the patient’s life, is really lovely.”
Sharon Crook, a secretary in the neurology department, was nominated by consultants Dr Lucy Kimpton and Dr Sarah Cader.
The 55-year-old, of Hillcrest Court, Winklebury, Basingstoke, said: “I feel valued by my team but it’s nice to know the consultants know what I do.”
Porter David Townley, 48, of Marnel Park, Pop-ley, was nominated by a wheelchair-bound patient at Basingstoke hospital who was afraid to go in lifts.
He said: “It was quite pleasing to get the nomination.
“Porters do not generally get many compliments. They are always the blame for everything beca-use we are bottom of the pile!”
Alexandra Thur-ston, from Kings-clere, was nominated in January for her 40 years as a nurse at the trust. The 58-year-old is now a midwife on the maternity ward at Basingstoke hospital.
She said: “It felt fantastic to be nominated, but it was quite a surprise.”
Philippa Aslet, 46, from Sherborne St John, was nominated for her work as a senior urology specialist nurse at Basingstoke hospital. She said she works mainly with patients who are waiting to find out if they have prostate cancer.
Mrs Aslet said: “It was lovely to be nominated.
“I love nursing – it’s a privilege and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”