A STAR of the NHS is to be a
guest of honour at Redcar Races' "heroes" meeting this
Jackie Pearn is the
winner of Redcar's competition to find a health service hero
to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
Redcar's next meeting, on
Sunday, July 22, is 1940s Revival Day, supporting Help For Heroes
and the Royal British Legion.
However, as well as marking the
importance of the armed forces, racecourse officials also wanted to
recognise NHS heroes this year.
A search was, therefore,
launched to find an NHS hero to be given VIP day out at the
meeting, including lunch for the winner and three
Jackie has been unveiled as the
winner after being nominated by County Durham and Darlington NHS
Jackie does amazing work in the
Durham Bowel Dysfunction Service, based at the University Hospital
North Durham. She has a dual role in the team; health care
assistant and research assistant.
Michelle Henderson, Bowel
Specialist Nurse said: "Jackie works above and beyond what is
expected of her role."
The patients the team cares for
are mostly under 50 and have chronic, severe, refractory functional
bowel disorders for which there's limited effective treatment. This
means they may need supportive therapies over a number of years.
Jackie creates a rapport with patients, making them feel safe, and
setting the tone for their whole time with the service.
As well as her service role
Jackie is an important part of the research team and is passionate
about giving patients the opportunity to access the latest medical
Professor Yan Yiannakou,
Consultant, Bowel Dysfunction Service, said: "Jackie is the hub of
the team. She connects us to each other and connects us to our
patients. You can tell how important Jackie is to the team because
we all struggle when she goes on holiday."
Amy Fair, Redcar's general
manager, said: "This is a milestone year for the NHS so we wanted
to reflect that on Sunday, which is a day for heroes. Jackie
epitomises everything that is good about the NHS - dedication,
care, and teamwork - and we are delighted to welcome her and her
family for a VIP day at Redcar."
A spokesperson for County Durham
& Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said, "Like many of the
fantastic people who are part of #teamCDDFT, Jackie's focus is on ensuring our
patients get the best possible care and have a good experience. She
makes sure clinics run smoothly, that clinicians have the
information they need for each patient, and she engages with each
patient with sincerity, sensitivity and kindness. As a recent
winner of one of our staff awards, we're delighted that Jackie has
been selected by Redcar for a special VIP day out and hope she has
a wonderful time."
Published 19 July
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