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Hat-trick of awards for James Paget University Hospital celebrated at board meeting

PUBLISHED: 14:15 24 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:15 24 November 2017

James Paget University Hospital board chairman Anna Davidson, director of nursing Julia Hunt and chief executive Christine Allen. Picture: David Hannant

James Paget University Hospital board chairman Anna Davidson, director of nursing Julia Hunt and chief executive Christine Allen. Picture: David Hannant

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Hard work of staff at a hospital has been saluted by its trust board, after a trio of awards nods.

The James Paget University on Hospital in Gorleston recently claimed three awards in as many weeks, for nursing, a patient safety campaign and its work with dementia patients.

The hospital’s claimed a patient safety award at the Heath Service Journal Awards for its Kissing Goodbye to Sepsis campaign this week, along with the Hartly Larkin Award at the Fab Awards - which celebrates the care given to people suffering with dementia.

These came after the hospital’s VIP Pathway claimed the learning disabilities nursing category at the Nursing Times Awards.

At the latest meeting of the hospital trust’s board, chairman Anna Davidson said: “To win these awards is a tremendous achievement and it is putting us on the map, so I am very, very proud.

“The success just reflects the hard work the team puts in and that they go the extra mile.”

At the meeting, held on Friday, November 24, board members also spoke of the immediate future of the Lowestoft Hospital site, which closed in December 2016.

Mark Flynn, board director of finance, told the meeting how the hospital was now in the second phase of transferring the site on Tennyson Road to the government’s Homes and Communities Agency, with the transfer hoped to be completed by the end of the year.

A number of options had originally been touted for the site, however, the board made the decision under recommendations of the Department for Health.

A report presented to members by chief operating officer Graham Wilde, however, revealed nine ambulance handovers took longer than an hour to complete in October, compared with three the month prior.

Board members also heard how six serious incidents were recorded in the hospital over the month of October, four of which related to patients suffering fractured femurs in falls.

The meeting finished with farewells to long-serving senior board member David Ellis, who sat publically for the last time.

Ms Davidson said: “David’s dedication has been second to none and from the bottom of my heart he will be missed.”

Dr Ellis will be replaced as the board’s senior independent director by current non-executive director Peter Hargrave.

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