Quest to find the stars of the Children’s Hospital

Above, Gregor Benn and mum Linda with United players Chris Porter and James Beattie.
Above, Gregor Benn and mum Linda with United players Chris Porter and James Beattie.

SHEFFIELD Children’s Hospital set out this week to highlight the staff who “go above and beyond the call of duty for patients” – with the help of the Sheffield Telegraph.

A People’s Choice Award is giving patients’ families and friends the opportunity to show their appreciation for the outstanding care of anybody from doctors to nurses, and cleaning staff to physiotherapists.

It will be part of the hospital’s annual We Can awards ceremony, which is being held in March.

Trust chief executive Simon Morritt said: “It is wonderful to hear stories every day about how members of our staff go above and beyond the call of duty for patients.

“This special People’s Choice Award is about giving families the chance to say ‘thank you’ and highlight the outstanding care provided by individuals or teams at the trust.”

Telegraph editor David Todd, who will help judge the People’s Choice award, said: “We are all aware of the amazing work done by the Sheffield Children’s NHS Trust and it is a real privilege for us to be involved in helping to recognise those levels of care and commitment.

“I am sure there are many parents and families out there who will welcome this chance to say thank you.’’

Nominations for the award can be made by visiting www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk.

It is one of seven prizes. Staff will nominate colleagues in categories including outstanding contributions to improving services, non-clinical support, the patient’s experience and voluntary help. There is also a chairman’s award.

Awards will be presented to individuals and teams at the Mercure St Paul’s Hotel in Sheffield city centre on March 2.

Steve Ned, director of human resources, said: “Sheffield Children’s Hospital is such a special organisation and we are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the continued efforts of staff and their dedication to make a positive difference to the care and treatment of patients.”

Meanwhile, the stars of Sheffield’s two professional football teams have been paying their own tribute to the staff and nurses at the Children’s Hospital.

After Wednesday players visited the hospital last week, it was the turn of the Blades on Tuesday. Captain Chris Morgan said: “I think it’s really important that we do this.

“It’s something the players take great pride in because it is difficult for everybody in hospital, especially children and at Christmas. Hopefully it will put a smile on their faces.”

Bramall Lane chairman Chris Steer said: “This is something the club would never miss. There are kids from all England here but they all understand football.”

One of the patients who found football stars at his bed was Gregor Benn, aged two, of Nether Green, who suffers from asthma and was recovering from a chest infection.

His mum, Linda said: “I think it is really generous of the players to come in. It’s quite a foreign environment for them. They were really kind to Gregor and talked to everyone.”

lArchitects are competing to design a wing for the Children’s Hospital, which will cost between £20m and £30m. The extension will including a new outpatient department and three new wards with a total of 72 beds. It is also intended to find solutions to the long-standing problem of car parking for visitors.

Funds are due to come from the NHS and the Children’s Hospital Charity.