Sick Kids Awards: The shortlist

Bebe Darling
Bebe Darling
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DOCTORS and nurses are going head-to-head in the race to win Sick Kids Heroes awards.

Clinical nurse specialist Linda Buchanan and colleague Bebe Darling, who started their careers at the Sick Kids, have been shortlisted in the staff category.

Linda Buchanan. Picture: Toby Williams

Linda Buchanan. Picture: Toby Williams

But they face stiff competition from doctors Thanos Tsirikos and Tom Marshall.

Vote on the Sick Kids Friends Foundation website or by using our voucher. Winners will be announced at a prestigious three-course lunch at the Caledonian Hotel on May 10. Tickets are £40 and available by calling 0131-668-4949.

Bebe Darling

The nurse is known as Granny Bebe to her young patients. Bebe, 61, from Bonnyrigg, works night shift in the haematology ward. She has been there for 35 years, with stints in theatre and general surgery.

Dr Thanos Tsirikos.   Picture:  Neil Hanna

Dr Thanos Tsirikos. Picture: Neil Hanna

Bebe has spent countless hours reading books to sick children and calming them. She said: “I always think things are worse at night, when it’s dark and the children are waking up. They just need somebody to reassure them.”

Dr Thanos Tsirikos

The 44-year-old was appointed to set up a service for the treatment of spinal deformity in children in 2004.

Such was the programme’s success that a similar service was funded at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for adults.

Dr Tom Marshall

Dr Tom Marshall

He said: “It did require a lot of effort because we basically started from scratch.”

Dr Tom Marshall

The 60-year-old from Morningside, who started three decades ago, has worked as a consultant in intensive care as well as in acute paediatrics.

His special interest lies in treating young patients with chest and lung disease.

He said: “For the medical students, I’d say just try and get to learn how to interact with children of different ages.”

Linda Buchanan

Her imminent retirement marks an emotional end for one of the Sick Kids’ longest- serving employees.

The 60-year-old from Morningside’s greatest contribution has come in pioneering an acute and chronic pain treatment service.

Linda has been responsible for training fellow nurses on how to best treat pain for the past 20 years.

She said: “If I can help a child in pain . . . you do get a lot of job satisfaction from it.”