NHS Lothian health heroes honoured

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SOME of the region’s most inspirational health workers have been honoured at a glittering ceremony to celebrate the very best of the NHS.

At NHS Lothian’s Celebrating Success Awards, held at the Corn Exchange last night, ten gongs were given out, including the Evening News-backed Health Hero award, which saw members of the public make their own nominations.

The Celebrating Success Awards winners were praised for their 'compassion and great skill'. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

The Celebrating Success Awards winners were praised for their 'compassion and great skill'. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Gayle McRobert, a diabetes nurse at the Western General Hospital, took the prize after providing incredible support to David Murray, a cancer patient whose diabetes spiralled out of control after starting treatment, and wife Eileen.

Other unsung heroes honoured were Andy Glancy, an anatomical pathology technologist who was described as “a man of immeasurable 
compassion”.

The audience heard how he had given up part of a Christmas Day to help the family of a patient as he was named Staff Member of the Year.

Royal Voluntary Service patient transport drivers were recognised for their efforts, which include driving patients as far away as Wales in their spare time.

Evening News editor Frank O’Donnell said that NHS Lothian staff showed “dedication, compassion and great skill” every day of the year.

“There are thousands of heroes working in our hospitals and they do not always get the recognition that they deserve,” he added. “Congratulations to this year’s winners, they thoroughly deserve all the accolades coming their way.”

Learning Disabilities Services staff based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s Greenbank Centre won the Team of the Year Award, for successful work in driving down violence and aggression towards employees.

Health bosses today lined up to pay tribute to the dedication of NHS Lothian employees.

The organisation’s chairman, Brian Houston, said: “Since being appointed in May I have been struck by the commitment and dedication of staff working throughout the organisation and this goes for everyone from consultants through to porters.”

Chief executive Tim Davison described the calibre of entries for the awards, which this year adopted a superheroes theme, as “extremely high”. He added: “We have many unsung heroes in NHS Lothian and I’m delighted we have been able to properly recognise them.”

daniel.sanderson@edinburghnews.com