Generous staff working at an NHS trust, who won three national
awards, have donated their £1500 prize money to the chemotherapy
appeal at University Hospital of North Durham.
Under the management of Alison McCree, the estates, facilities
and procurement team at Darlington Memorial Hospital won both the
'Efficiency & Improvement' and 'Team of the Year' categories of
the annual national Health Estates and Facilities Management
Association (HEFMA) awards. Alison was also named 'Leader of
Alison explains, "Winning in three categories at these
prestigious awards demonstrates how impressive the quality of the
team's work is. Each category comes with a £500 prize and I
was very touched when the team decided to donate their prize money
to the Appeal to expand the chemotherapy day unit at University
Hospital of North Durham. For personal reasons, the day unit
is dear to my heart and I had no hesitation in donating my own
prize money too. I feel very fortunate to work with such generous
people and am enormously proud of them. This donation exemplifies
the qualities that won the awards in the first place.
"There are 650 members of our team who are largely based behind
the scenes in support roles, including porters, domestics, drivers,
caterers, telephonists, purchasing and logistics staff, sterile
services technicians, medical engineers and estates staff.
Their skills and commitment are an essential part of delivering a
safe clean environment to underpin excellent patient care in the
right place at the right time. Each of these awards reflects
the work done by the whole team."
The Trust's charity manager, Pat Chambers, said, "We are
overwhelmed and very grateful for this very thoughtful and generous
donation. Unfortunately, the current chemotherapy day unit
has become much too small for the number of patients who use
it. Earlier diagnosis, screening programmes for cervical and
other cancers plus advances in treatments, combine to ensure
there's huge demand for the services of the unit's team.
Patients have to sit very close to each other with very limited
privacy and due to the lack of space, can only have a friend or
relative with them during their first treatment session.
"Colleagues and patients are involved in designing a unit fit
for the future which will ideally feature a larger waiting area,
consultation and treatment rooms, spaces for specialist
treatments, a garden, plus storage and staff areas."
23rd May 2019
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital