Croydon Health Services have celebrated the contribution made by the Trust’s nursing, midwifery and health care assistants to the people of Croydon at their Nursing Awards ceremony.
Ivy Walker, who won the Nurse of the Year Award, began her training in 1971 at Croydon General Hospital and has been dedicated to providing quality nursing care to the people who visit Croydon Hospital over the past forty years.
On receiving her award, Nurse of the Year Ivy said: “I’m ecstatic. I love nursing and always wanted to be a nurse; my mum said I should be become a teacher, but nursing is what I wanted to do. I’m still working as a community nurse in Croydon and still enjoy it immensely.”
Karen Zedgitt was acknowledged as the Midwife of the Year for her work and determination to cater for and prioritise the care of mothers and babies.
She was also praised for her role in ensuring standards are met across Croydon Health Services.
Karen said ” I’m really proud. I’m working with a great team here that is really moving forward with making major improvements to our maternity service”.
Finally, Stephen Timillar won Healthcare Assistant of the Year Award and was recognised for “always going the extra mile” in his work with patients and staff.
Stephen said that he approaches his work every day thinking “do your job with love, passion and compassion… and work hard!”
The winners were nominated by their fellow colleagues and were judged by a panel of non-nursing colleagues and a patient representative.
Zoë Packman, Director of Nursing Midwifery and AHPs said: “International Nurses Day is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our hard working, fantastic staff at Croydon Health Services.”
“We have more than 1000 nurses working at CHS, who all make a big difference to our patients every day, whether they work in the hospital or community.
“Our Nursing Awards are a great way to acknowledge staff who may go that extra mile.”