Our latest Team of the Month award recognises the outstanding but often hidden care and compassion that the Mortuary team deliver day in, day out.
A sad but inevitable part of a hospital trust’s responsibilities is caring for the deceased and their grieving relatives, and the nature of their work means that mortuary staff receive little recognition, so we’re absolutely delighted that this team has received this award for their excellent skills and sensitivity.
The Mortuary team is probably one of the smallest teams we have – just Martin Walker, Mortuary Manager, and Justine Denbigh, Assistant Mortuary Technician; but they deliver an extremely important service to our Trust and bereaved families.
Tanya Claridge, Director of Governance and Corporate Affairs, who nominated the team for their “outstanding work”, said: “From the tiniest pre-term infant to the most elderly patients who sadly die while in our care, the Mortuary team treat them all with the utmost respect: it’s a truly humbling experience to see the care and compassion they provide.”
Chairman, Bill McCarthy, and Chief Executive, Professor Clive Kay, presented Martin with the team’s award, which recognises the pride they have in their work and their commitment to the care and dignity of the deceased.
Time and time again, they go beyond the call of duty to support families, particularly those who have lost children and babies.
Martin said: “This was a complete surprise but so nice to be recognised for what we do. I really do enjoy my job, and I’m pleased to have been able to help raise awareness of the mortuary’s service within the Trust – both to staff and students, through ‘walk and talks’.”