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QEH Shining Stars - Stars in the family

Sister Laura Turnbull, who works on Denver ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn ANL-140730-113537001

Sister Laura Turnbull, who works on Denver ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn ANL-140730-113537001

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn has many ‘shining stars’, people who exemplify the Trust’s refreshed vision and values.

They deserve special recognition for their outstanding contributions and their own colleagues will be nominating them in a number of categories.

But the big one is the Patients First Award and over the next few weeks the Lynn News will feature a few of individuals and teams who might earn nominations or give you ideas.

The deadline for nominations is Sunday, September 14.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust relies on the skills, courage and compassion of all its staff and volunteers to provide the highest quality of care for our community. This award is for the team or individual who has gone above and beyond, providing an exceptionally high standard of safe care and has exemplified the culture and values of the QEH.

There are a number of ways you can make a nomination. You can do so electronically at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/shiningstarsexternal, you can complete this form and post it to Lynn News, Limes House, Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1HL or you can email the Lynn News editor remembering to include all the information requested below on nick.woodhead@jpress.co.uk

Caring for others is something of a family vocation for Acting Sister Laura Turnbull, who works on Denver ward at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Laura’s mum was an operating theatre nurse at the hospital and now works in a care home.

But the greatest influence on Laura was her grandmother, whose natural inclination to “care for everyone” inspired Laura to become first a carer at Park House, Sandringham, then to train to become a qualified nurse, which she achieved in 2007.

She said: “The greatest help in giving safe patient care on our ward is that we have such a strong team.

“We all work well together – and we work very hard at it. We support each other and we promote good communication between the nursing staff doctors, the patients and the wider multi-disciplinary team. We make sure the patient care is safe and effective.”

Denver ward’s patients can be of any age and are on the ward for emergency surgery – emergencies such as appendicitis or removal of bowel obstructions, for example.

They are cared for by a team of 44 nurses, healthcare assistants and domestic staff working around the clock.

Laura explained: “If it’s in your nature to care for others, you want the very best for them. We have a good team here and we want the patients to feel they are in good hands.”

 

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