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2017: Celebrating Success - Staff Awards Event

This year over 400 people attended to celebrate success of staff members who have gone beyond their normal duties.

The judges received well over 300 entries in the seven award categories of the Chairman’s Awards. Other spotlights on the night were the 18 Local Staff Awards, 2 William Cullen Prizes and gold and silver awards.

One other highlight was the Special Judges Award of Excellence. This was presented to a team of staff who were nominated by the family of a patient who told a story of exceptional compassion and care that absolutely wowed the entire judging panel.

Please read the story and watch the video about the outstanding staff at Ward 18 and 19 of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

“At 87-years and suffering severe sepsis and an ischemic bowel condition Ken Barrett knew he was dying. From his hospital bed in ward 18/19 of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary he only wanted one thing… to go home and be with his beloved family. His condition was such that this was never going to be possible.

Instead of going home his wife, his children, his grandchildren and the entire NHS care team worked their own little miracle and brought the family home to his hospital room.

His favourite books and family photographs, mementos of a life well lived all adorned his room. For three weeks his family took turns to always be with him. And they witnessed what they described as the most compassionate and loving care from everyone involved in his care – from the domestic, clerkess and student nurse through to the auxiliaries, registered nurses and right up to the registrar and consultant in charge.

Daughter Gillian said: “With the incredible support of everyone in this ward we turned Room 1 into our home and the family moved in! Ken never asked to go home again. We were treated with the utmost respect. The difference they all made to the last few weeks of my dad’s amazing life is immeasurable”.

Watch Gillian with her mother Jennifer talking about the care Ken received during his time at the GRI.

For pictures from the night of all of the awards please look at our Flickr gallery below. Or click on this link.