A staff nurse has received an award for outstanding care and kindness.
Marie Morton, 39, a member of nursing staff at Guthrie House, has received the award for her ongoing excellent work.
Marie is Irish and studied at South Bank University in London. She has previously worked in the King George hospital in London and has been working at the Guthrie House care home for seven years after starting her job there in 2009.
She was described by colleagues as being “a kind-hearted wife and loving mother” to three young children. And as well as picking up her award at a ceremony last week, she also celebrated a new arrival to her family – when they bought a pet dog.
The Recognition of Caring and Kindness (ROCK) award, is an internal nationwide award presented by Four Seasons Health Care and recognises first-rate levels of care that employees deliver to residents at the care home and their families.
Marie was nominated for the award by Agnes Llano, who is the daughter of a resident that previously lived in Guthrie House and she described her as “a very special person”.
She added: “She always goes the extra mile and will always make time for the family of residents even though she is very busy.
“Her good humour, cheerfulness and kind words have, I believe, made a difference to relatives, residents and staff.”
Agnes’ relative left Guthrie House to move to another care home and was no longer living there when Marie was nominated for the award.
A presentation of the award was held at the care home on Thursday, where the company’s regional manager, Anne-Marie Ledgewick presented the award to Marie.
She said: “It is a delight to reward Marie this way and show appreciation for her exceptional hard work and dedication.”
The nurse was the only person who was nominated for the award as they do not happen very often and have to be put forward by a resident, family member or a staff member.
The awards ceremony saw Marie surprised at what she thought was a staff meeting, where she was presented with an award in the shape of a large silver star, champagne, flowers and chocolate.
Lesley Cowan, the deputy manager at Guthrie House, said she managed to keep the award ceremony a surprise with “great difficulty.”
She added: “She has a lovely way about her, she’s kind and will help out everyone even when she’s busy.
“She makes the place brighter and all the residents love her.”
The home’s residents were invited to celebrate with Marie at a buffet that was put on as part of the celebration.