Rowing champ Zac hands out health awards

WINNERS: Olympic rower Zac Purchase, front, was on hand to congratulate the award-winning NHS staff at the ceremony.

WINNERS: Olympic rower Zac Purchase, front, was on hand to congratulate the award-winning NHS staff at the ceremony.

First published in News Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by

HOSPITAL heroes proved they were gold medal standard when they were presented with awards by one of Worcester’s great Olympic champions.

The achievements of NHS nurses, doctors and support staff were celebrated at a ceremony at the Charles Hastings Education Centre on the site of Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester.

Olympic rower Zac Purchase was on hand to congratulate winners and present awards in front of an audience of 200 people.

More than 150 nominations were received from staff and patients during October and November, leading to 21 members of staff and teams receiving awards.

Harry Turner, Worcester-shire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It’s been a challenging year for anyone who works in the NHS, and it is so important that we take time out to pay tribute to our staff who work so hard to provide the best possible experience, treatment and care for our patients. I can think of no better way to celebrate the outstanding achievements.”

Zac Purchase tweeted after the event: “Some fantastic awards to some highly deserving people.”

Worcester’s award-winners included: l Epilepsy specialist nurse Sharon Dawe, who won the nurse of the year award after she was nominated by patients and colleagues for excellent care, effort to educate young people about epilepsy and for taking a masters degree to improve her knowledge. She said: “As well as supporting patients’ individual needs, I want to reduce the stigma of epilepsy in the community. I’m so proud and touched to have been nominated.”

l Doctor of the year went to Rabia Imtiaz. She was given the award for going above and beyond in her work as a consultant obstetrician. Dr Imtiaz dedicated her award to her late husband, who she said inspired her to give her all.

l The patient choice award went to staff nurse Grace Brighton after patients said that she lit up the room and offered truly exceptional care.



Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree