Bradford Teaching Hospitals Oscars honour healthcare heroes

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The unsung heroes who were honoured with Health Care Oscars at the ceremony last night are (from left) Lynda Lawton, Mell Bradley and Tracey Whiteley The unsung heroes who were honoured with Health Care Oscars at the ceremony last night are (from left) Lynda Lawton, Mell Bradley and Tracey Whiteley

Three unsung heroes of healthcare were honoured in the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Oscars last night.

The annual event honours the hard work and dedication of staff who go the extra mile.

This year’s Oscar winners were renal unit administrator Mel Bradley, who works on ward F8 at St Luke’s Hospital, cleaning services assistant Tracey Whiteley, who works in the acute elderly admissions unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary and administration manager Lynda Lawton, of the medical illustration department.

The trio were nominated by colleagues and all were presented with a cheque for £1,000, thanks to sponsors Sovereign Health Care.

Renal unit charge nurse Gary Carlisle and F8 ward clerk Maureen Stirk nominated Mrs Bradley for going “the extra mile” when booking and organising renal patients’ dialysis for when they go on holiday, both in this country and abroad.

Mrs Whiteley was nominated by consultant in elderly care and interim deputy medical director Dr Alex Brown with the support of fellow consultant Alison McMurtry.

Dr Brown said: “In all our experience of the NHS, we have never come across a domestic who takes as much pride in her work or is as dedicated.”

Medical illustration admin manager Lynda Lawton was nominated by her boss Carol Fleming and clinical improvement facilitator Kay Pagan for her “brilliant back-up” to the department.

The plastics and maxillo-facial team beat five other teams to win first prize and with it £5,000 to be ploughed back into their work, thanks to sponsorship by Sovereign Health Care.

Judges also awarded three highly commended Oscar certificates to Daniel Wadsworth, Gillian Simpson and Paul Dawson.

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