Time is ticking for patients past and present to nominate in the Patient Choice Awards at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital – with just SIX days to go.

There are 17 categories in the Celebration of Achievement Awards, recognising individuals and teams from all across the specialist orthopaedic hospital, but the Individual and Team Patient Choice Awards are the only two where the public can have their say.

Stacey Keegan, Interim Chief Executive, said: “It’s important we take the time to recognise and celebrate the excellent care our staff provide for our patients. The Patient Choice Awards are chosen by our patients and a highlight of our awards.

“I would ask any patient who has used our services and been grateful for the care they received to consider submitting a nomination – it takes just a few minutes and means the word to our people when they get that recognition.

“So far, we’ve received a number of fantastic nominations for individuals and teams all across the hospital, but it’s not too late to submit a few more and make the job even tougher for our shortlisting panel.”

 This year’s Individual Patient Choice Award winner will follow in the footsteps of Rehabilitation Technician Kate Betts, Staff Nurse Pip Page-Davies, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Pete Gallacher and Healthcare Assistants Jean Blackmore and Leah Meredith – all previous winners of the accolade.

The Team Patient Choice Award was launched back in 2019 and saw the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries take home the prize.

Patients have until midnight on Sunday 29 August to submit a nomination for the Patient Choice Awards.

Nominations should be emailed to rjah.awards@nhs.net with the subject line Patient Choice Award.

Please make sure to include the name of the individual or team you would like to nominate with job titles and departments for individual nominations.

Also please include the reason why they are being nominated for this award – remember the more detail included the more chance your nomination will stand out during the shortlisting stage.

Up to four individuals and four teams will be selected to go forward as finalists in a public vote, with the eventual winners receiving their awards later this year.

More information can be found at www.rjah.nhs.uk/awards.

Pictured: Staff on Alice Ward, the dedicated children’s ward at RJAH, getting ready for the Celebration of Achievement Awards this year.