Big congratulations go to our latest Team of the Month award winners – the fantastic nursing staff who pulled together to run our winter ward for Care of the Elderly.
The seasonal ward, which was open 24 hours a day from January to March on ward 17, is a great example of our Trust working at its best, with staff pooling their skills to provide a first-class service to help us through the busy winter period.
Matron for Care of the Elderly, Katie Whitrick, nominated the team for “embracing change and accepting a new challenge”.
The ward provided additional inpatient capacity to support patient flow during the winter period – proving a real success in caring for about 280 people.
To set it up, ward 25 closed and its staff moved to ward 17 – the new winter ward. There were only two members of staff who had previous experience of caring for elderly patients, the other staff were surgical gastroenterology nurses, so it was challenging for them.
“Everyone who worked on ward 17 volunteered to do so and together they formed a terrific team which really made a difference at one of our busiest times of the year,” said Katie.
“I wanted to nominate the nursing team because they have been a pleasure to work with; have embraced every challenge thrown at them with success; have developed and achieved new skills… and if it wasn’t for them the winter ward wouldn’t have happened!