April 7 2017
The team beat off competition from thousands of healthcare professionals across the country to lift two trophies at the awards ceremony in London.
Mark Friend was named Nurse of the Year for his work as lead nurse at the centre, while Adam Taylor’s medical and caring skills were recognised in the Great Care category at Care UK’s National Healthcare Awards 2017.
Thousands of medical and administrative professionals from services nationwide were eligible to enter the hard-fought competition. The team beat entries from GP surgeries, walk-in centres, 111 urgent care services and prison healthcare teams.
Hospital Director Penny Daniels said: “I know I have a dedicated team of exceptional professionals but I am delighted that their skill and commitment has been recognised at a national level.”
Both employees work in the centre’s minor injuries unit. “Mark’s commitment to his patients and his team are exemplary. He is inspiring, positive and committed and he is popular with patients and colleagues alike,” Penny said.
“Adam is a remarkable paramedic practitioner. He is highly skilled, calm, compassionate, confident and competent. He has a wonderful manner with patients and if I were ill I would want him to look after me and I am a very fussy nurse!
“The judges said this was not only the year with the highest number of entries on record, but also the highest quality of entries, making these two awards even more impressive.”
The walk-in centre, in Milton Road, provides treatment for a wide range of minor injuries and illnesses. It is open from 7.30am to 10pm on weekdays and 8am to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays, with the last patient accepted at 10pm.