The Western Trust's Renal Unit Home Therapies Team has won the prestigious Patients’ Choice Award – decided by members of the public – at the 2018 RCNi Nursing Awards in London.
The team, which is based at Altnagelvin Hospital, includes Alison Cairns, whose husband, Rev Nigel Cairns, is a curate in the Glendermott and Newbuildingsparishes. Alison, and her colleagues, Bridgeen Canning and Caroline McCloskey, were the only Northern Ireland entrants shortlisted for the Patients’ Choice Award.
Alison said she and her fellow nurses were delighted to win the award and described the experience as amazing. “The process of public voting has allowed us to talk about what we do,” Alison said, “and has helped raise awareness of chronic kidney disease. We are all proud to be nurses but in winning this award we realised that we'd done nursing proud as well.”
The Altnagelvin team was nominated initially by husband and wife, Carmel and Joe McMonagle, for its commitment to patient welfare. The Renal Unit team was then put on a five-strong shortlist and the competition was opened to a public vote. Thousands of people took part in the process, with the Renal Team emerging as winners.
Mr McMonagle said he and his wife were delighted that Alison, Bridgeen and Caroline won the Patients Choice Award. “This thoroughly deserved award is their patients’ way of saying ‘thank you’ to the team for all their hard work, dedication, commitment and compassion over the years.”
The Western Trust’s Chief Executive, Dr Anne Kilgallen, said it was a remarkable and well-deserved achievement for the Renal Unit Home Therapies team. “As a team they go beyond the call of duty for their patients and their families, and this is very apparent having been chosen as winners in the ‘Patients’ Choice’ category.”
The Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Ken Good, added his voice to the congratulations. “This is a fantastic achievement by the Western Trust’s Renal Unit Home Therapies team,” Bishop Good said, “and I am delighted for Alison, Bridgeen and Caroline. It is particularly rewarding to see their professionalism, skill and compassion appreciated and acknowledged by the public. The renal nurses are a credit to their profession, and their commitment to their patients shows why we value our National Health Service so highly.”
Caption : Louise Wilson (sponsor), Bridgeen Canning, Alison Cairns, Caroline McCloskey and Kate Garraway (TV personality and host)