Chance to vote in final of RCHT's community award
PATIENTS, the public and hospitals staff are being asked for vote for their favourite from the three finalists for the overall winner in a local awards initiative.
The Community Award category of this year's Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) Extra Mile Excellence and Innovation Awards is up for grabs.
More than 170 teams and individuals were nominated and the winners are being invited to a presentation event next month.
The Community Award is the one category where an overall winner is selected.
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This year's nominees (profiled aside) are The Little Explorers' Community Children's Therapy Group, Memory Café team and Paediatric Oncology Team.
Votes can be cast by giving a 'Like' at www.facebook.com/royalcornwallhospitalstrust, e-mailing the team name to firstname.lastname@example.org (Extra Mile Awards in the subject line), or ringing 01872 253470.
Now in their fourth year, the Extra Mile Awards have attracted their highest number of nominations so far. Staff are recognised in four different categories – Extra Mile, Excellence, Innovation and Community Award - and, to coincide with the RCHT's anniversary year, a special 21st Anniversary Award.
Voting for the community award closes on Thursday. The Awards Ceremony at the Knowledge Spa, takes place on November 7.
Little Explorers' children's therapy group
HELPING babies and toddlers with complex needs and disabilities to maximise their development potential in St Austell, are the Little Explorers' group at Pondhu Children's Centre, established two years ago.
The paediatric occupational therapists, physiotherapists and dietitian come together to offer a weekly group session of therapy, stimulation and support for children and parents.
Emma Render, Kate Toovey, Lyndsey McCullough, Sheila Jenkins and June Jay look after youngsters aged from about six months to three years.
Memory Café team
THE weekly transformation of a ward day room to a Memory Café for patients at West Cornwall Hospital has proven a success with patients and relatives.
Dementia link nurse Lisa Williams and assistant practitioner Joanna Pope have been supported with the refurbishment of the medical ward funded by the hospital's League of Friends last year.
Each week the memory café sessions feature a different theme, such as memorable events like the Queen's Coronation or music from yesteryear. The café plays an important role in easing the anxiety of patients with memory loss while in an unfamiliar environment and consequently aids their treatment and recovery.
Paediatric Oncology Team
CLIC Sargent outreach nurses Sue Turk and Karen Berriman and social worker Kim Gill, together with doctors Katrina MacDonald, Nicki Gilbertson and Shama Goyal and colleagues from the children's unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, provide care and support for youngsters with cancer. The team forges strong bonds with the children and their families who are often in its care for two or three years.
Sue and Karen also go out to children in their homes or schools to review progress and carry out various tests so they can live as normal a life as possible.
The team looks after about 60 patients each year and the continual development of treatments means that the majority of youngsters are able to overcome their disease.