Patient praise wins UK award for Pilgrim

Copyright Maureen McLean 2011
Copyright Maureen McLean 2011

A GROUP of staff in the rheumatology department at Pilgrim Hospital have been rewarded for their hard work and caring service with a national award.

Dr Viswanth Kaushik and nurses Claire Hewitt, Carol Willerton and Kathryn Money were given a Healthcare Champion Award by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), after a patient nominated them in the patient champion category.

Valerie Pearson, who lives in Boston, put the team up for the award for the great care she received when she was being treated at Pilgrim and Lincoln County Hospital.

Valerie said: “They have really gone that extra mile for me and I wanted them to be awarded for their efforts.”

She joined the group when they went to a presentation at the House of Commons last month, which was attended by Home Secretary Theresa May, who is patron of the NRAS.

Consultant Rheumatologist Dr Kaushik said: “This award is good news for our department as it shows our patients recognise our hard work and dedication. We always provide a high level of care and make sure that individual treatments are tailored to meet the needs of each patient.”

The award was presented by NRAS chief executive Ailsa Bosworth.