Inspirational hospital worker Pat gets Royal honour
Bradford Teaching Hospitals’ healthcare assistant, Pat Connell, has collected her MBE for services to the NHS from Prince Charles during a reception at Buckingham Palace.
Pat, who has worked at Bradford Royal Infirmary for more than 24 years, is one of ward one’s most valued members of staff and was nominated for the honour by senior sisters, Jane Palmer and Sonya Tetley, who described her as an “inspirational role model” and a “tireless worker.”
Mrs Connell said: “It was wonderful to receive my MBE medal and to get the opportunity to go behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace and speak with Prince Charles.
“I never, in a million years, imagined that I would ever get something like an MBE.
“There are hundreds of people working so hard around the hospital and when something like this happens to you, you do think ‘why me?’ So I feel very humbled, honoured and grateful to receive this award.”
Pat, from Cottingley, was accompanied to Buckingham Palace by her husband, Michael, sons Stephen and Christopher, Christopher’s girlfriend Carley and grand-daughter, Chloe, 9.
Chief Executive, Bryan Millar, said: “I am delighted that Pat has been recognised nationally for her unstinting service to the patients of Bradford Teaching Hospitals over the past two decades.
“She is a shining example of someone who goes the extra mile for the NHS every single day and her kindness, compassion and hard-work are clear to everyone who comes into contact with her, be they patients, staff or visitors.
“We treasure her contribution to the Foundation Trust and wish her many more happy years working at Bradford Royal Infirmary.”