Whittington nurse picks up award for blood disorder clinic
28 September, 2018 — By Tom Foot
Emma Prescott, centre, with Whittington chief executive
Siobhan Harrington and her nominator Roanna Maharaj. Photo: KTB PHOTOGRAPHY
A nurse who helped set up a world- renowned blood disorder clinic was among Whittington staff picking up gongs at the hospital’s annual awards.
Judges at the NHS trust in Archway received almost 400 nominations for 15 categories for this year’s event, which had the theme “In a sky full of stars, who shines brightest?”
Finalists and nominees were invited to the awards ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians where the winners were announced.
Emma Prescott, a specialist thalassemia nurse, received the Patient Choice Award. Her nomination said she was following “in the footsteps of the great Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole”. Bernadette O’Gorman, matron at the palliative care team who won team of the year, said: “My team and I are privileged to be able to care for children and their families at their worst moments.
“It is challenging work, but alongside our partners in other services we take great pride in being able to provide treatment, comfort and support when it is most needed. The nomination for this award and to be named winners was a complete shock and surprise, we are thrilled.”
RCP president Dame Professor Jane Dacre, who is also a rheumatologist at the Whittington, spoke to staff at the event.
Whittington chief executive Siobhan Harrington added: “Everyone across the trust does an amazing job every day, but it is absolutely right that once a year we take the chance to reward the very special people who have been nominated by their colleagues and patients for going above and beyond.”