Dedicated Royal United Hospital staff pick up awards
Outstanding staff at the Royal United Hospital have been honoured for their hard work at an annual awards ceremony.
The hospital's New Year's Honours took place at the Assembly Rooms, and saw staff praised for their contributions, achievements and innovation in health and patient care.
Staff from Midford Ward were voted Team of the Year in recognition of the care they give to patients with dementia.
The Most Innovative Team Award went to the Pulmonary Hypertension Specialist Team, which runs a joint care service with two national centres of excellence in Cambridge and London.
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The partnership means many patients with diseases in which the blood pressure in the lungs rises far above normal levels no longer have to travel to London.
Haygarth Ward manager Amie Briggs was presented with the Chief Executive's Customer Care Award for her outstanding professional care and ward leadership.
The Stroke Team was presented with a Research and Development Award for its work in stroke research.
Research is now integral to the Acute Stroke Unit and the RUH says all patients admitted having had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack can be assured they will receive care based on latest research.
Loyalty awards were also given to staff in recognition of their long service.
Members of the trust board, including chairman Brian Stables and chief executive James Scott, joined staff for the evening.
Mr Stables said: "The awards are important as they give us a great opportunity to showcase the amazingly talented people we have at the RUH and it gives us a chance to thank the 4,322 staff who, day in day out, work incredibly hard caring for our patients. They are all stars and we are very proud of them."