Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Nurse provides ‘urgent care’ in patients’ homes.
A community nurse who specialises in ‘urgent care’ is among those nominated for a Healthcare Hero award by Midweek Herald readers.
Sarah Green is described as “a wonderful nurse”.
She provides care at often the most difficult times but does so while offering comfort and kindness to those touched by illness.
It is her caring bedside manner and appreciated human touch that prompted Alice Rowland to nominate her.
Mrs Rowland told the Herald: “During my husband’s illness, Sarah came to visit us via the out-of-hours emergency call scheme.
“She arrived in the early hours of the morning, towards the end of her shift.
“Realising that we were running out of morphine, she went away to get another supply.
“Just after her return, sadly, my husband died.
“She did not rush away and leave us, but stayed and helped my daughter lay him out beautifully, with flowers, and then stayed and offered us all such comfort and kindness.”
Mrs Rowland added: “I shall always remain grateful to her for giving up her time so freely and for the sensitivity which helped us all so much at such a sad time.
“She certainly went far beyond the call of duty.”
Sue Entwistle, community nurse team manager, said: “Sarah’s role is to provide high standards of care to patients in their own home who are in a crisis during the out-of-hours period.
“She is a highly-skilled and professional nurse who continually goes that extra mile to put the needs of her patients and colleagues first.
“Her enthusiasm and passion for our service make her a true inspiration.”
Nominations are now closed. Winners of the Healthcare Hero awards scheme will be revealed at a celebration event, taking place shortly. The scheme is being run by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust in association with the Midweek Herald.
Front runners include nominations from Seaton and Honiton, as well as Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.