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You made a difference award winners - June

20 July 2018
A hospital porter who supports patients with learning difficulties and a specialist biomedical scientist who works with bereaved parents are June’s You Made a Difference winners

Kevin PetersKevin Peters joined the Trust’s portering team in June 2016 working as a departmental porter in endoscopy where colleagues say he frequently goes ‘above and beyond’.

Kevin is one of only two regular endoscopy porters and due to previous experience working with people with learning difficulties he regularly supports the clinical team with these patients, including going so far as to make finger puppets to improve communication.

Kevin’s manager, Kate Gray, said: ‘Kev really is a shining example of the quality of staff we have working in our department.’

His nomination cited a specific incident where Kevin supported an older visitor who was bringing a disabled passenger to the site for a clinic appointment and got a flat tyre.

 

‘Kevin not only stopped the traffic, he directed the visitor and patient to a safe zone, changed the tyre and then emptied the driver’s boot for her retrieving the patient’s zimmer frame. Above and beyond for all of our Trust users; this is a prime example of a porter going the extra mile.’

 

 

 

 

Aimee WhyteAimee Whyte started in the Trust in August 2008 as a trainee anatomical pathology technician and trainee biomedical scientist.

She currently works within the paediatric mortuary supporting the pathologist during post mortems, ensuring all samples are taken correctly with the appropriate consent and conducting final reconstruction.

Aimee also meets the patient’s families in the Woodland Suite where she is able to provide comfort, answer any questions they may have and provide any advice they may need. 

Her nomination described Aimee as being passionate about her role, ensuring her patients are cared for with the utmost dignity and respect, and taking pride in providing help and support to families at a very difficult time. 

This is reflected in the nine nominations she received, which included this extract:

‘CUH worked with a company called IMPRINTS to provide hand and foot clay imprints of children who had recently died as a lasting memento for their parents. Unfortunately this had to stop due to a lack of funding. Aimee was determined to continue providing this free service to all relatives.  Outside work she spent significant time and effort trying to find charities that would cover the associated costs and after much hard work found funding and a courier company prepared to deliver the prints to the families for free. Aimee’s determination to do what she can, her caring nature and continual drive clearly showcase the kind and excellent nature CUH strives for.’