A Cleanliness Technician at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital has been announced as the latest winner of the Health Hero Award at today’s Board of Directors meeting.

Tracey Edwards – who works along the corridor of Location 30 in the Oswestry-based hospital where she looks after e-Rostering, People Services, and other teams – was nominated for her support to the e-Rostering Team while they have been working from home during the pandemic.

She was nominated by Ann Ashworth, Head of e-Rostering, who said: “Tracey works on the corridor of location 30 in the hospital, looking after e-Rostering, People Services and other teams.

“When we first went into lockdown back in March 2020, the e-Rostering Team were allocated to work from home and what became quickly clear is there was no one to hand out uniforms for any new staff members on the bank. I text Tracey at the time asking if she would mind putting the odd uniform out for staff to collect.

“Now we are in 2021, we are still working from home, and we are the lead employer for the Covid Vaccination Service. Tracey has continued to issue uniforms on our behalf and has dedicated evenings and weekends to parcel up and send out these uniforms. She even tells us when we need to order more stock.

“She is a lovely person, always so helpful and deserves to be recognised. We all really appreciate her hard work to help us carry out our work – thank you Tracey.”

The monthly award is presented to unsung heroes from across the hospital who are nominated by their colleagues for going the extra mile.

Tracey said: “I am completely speechless – I never expected to be the winner of the Health Hero Award.

“I’ve really enjoyed supporting the team and playing my part in the covid response, it was that little bit extra I could do to help, and I was more than happy.”

She was presented her award, consisting of a keepsake certificate, special badge and box of chocolates donated by the League of Friends, by Stacey Keegan, Interim Chief Executive.

Stacey said: “From Ann’s nomination it was clear to me that Tracey has been going above and beyond to support our staff, but also our wider response to covid in relation to our vaccination service.

“She is a very worthy winner, and I am delighted to announce her as September’s Health Hero Award.”

Pictured: Tracey Edwards, Cleanliness Technician, receiving her Health Hero Award from Stacey Keegan, Interim Chief Executive, alongside Martine Williams, Facilities Manager, and Lisa Soden, Housekeeping Manager.