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“They have enabled him to see his children grow into adults…”

20 Jun 2018 15:43:57
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Patients, carers and colleagues are being urged to nominate their health care heroes for recognition in The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s 2018 Proud Awards. 

The awards celebrate excellence in healthcare by recognising Rotherham’s exceptional NHS colleagues who pull out all the stops to deliver first class community and hospital services across our borough. 

Following the tremendous success of last year’s awards, with over 470 nominations received, the Trust is again delighted to invite patients and members of the public to nominate the Trust’s healthcare professionals for a 2018 Public Recognition Award.  

The Public Recognition Award provides a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to nominate individuals and teams who have made a real difference, provided a high quality service and outstanding care. Out of over 150 nominations in this category alone, the winner of the 2017 Public Recognition Award was Mr Richard Crosher and the Oral Maxillofacial Team. 

Mr Crosher and his team helped patient, Stephen Peters, overcome throat cancer twice.

In their nomination Stephen’s wife, Dawn, said: “Mr Crosher has saved my husband’s life twice now following throat cancer. The second time he got it we were told by another consultant that they could not do any more for him but sure enough Mr Crosher came back to work and was not ready to give up on Stephen and was happy to operate again.

“He worked with the doctors at Weston Park to plan more radiotherapy. Stephen has been in remission now for six years. I cannot thank Mr Crosher and his team of staff enough for what they have done for us. They have worked so hard with Stephen over the years enabling him to see his children grow into adults and for me to still have my soul mate here with me. The biggest thank you ever goes to these people.”

Mr Crosher, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It was very touching to be nominated for, let alone win, this award. Many, many people other than myself were involved in Stephen's care, all of whom work together as part of a multidisciplinary team to achieve the best possible care and outcomes that we can for our patients.”

The Oral Maxillofacial Team at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust provides diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck. This includes the management of facial injuries, head and neck cancers and salivary gland diseases. The Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons have close links with other specialist colleagues including orthodontists, ENT surgeons, oncologists and dermatologists. 

Stephen recorded a special thank you message for Mr Crosher and the Oral Maxillofacial Team. He said: “We nominated Mr Crosher and his team, partly as a thank you, for treating me twice for throat cancer. If it wasn’t for them, I would not be here today.

“The Team are very professional and very caring. They not only change lives, they save lives. I don’t think there is a small thing or a little word to say how we feel for that. But my wife and I would both like to say, thank you very much.”

The Trust’s colleagues, eligible to be nominated for awards, deliver services at Rotherham Hospital, Rotherham Community Health Centre, BreathingSpace, Park Rehabilitation Centre and at health centres across the town and includes those working in people’s own homes and communities such as school nurses and district nurses.

To nominate a member of staff for the 2018 Public Recognition Award, simply complete a nomination form, visit www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/ProudAwards2018 or call 01709 427286 to have a paper form posted out to you. You could also email us details of your nomination to proud@rothgen.nhs.uk. Postal details are also available on the form.

Please complete the form with as much detail as possible, providing the name of the individual or team and specific examples of your experience. The closing date for nominations is Friday 20 July 2018.