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Moray & Banffshire Heroes 2024: Healthcare hero shortlist revealed!

By Leah Williamson

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Here is your shortlist for the healthcare hero award. Voting closes on Sunday, March 24.

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Moray Coast District Nursing Team

Moray Coast District Nursing Team.
Moray Coast District Nursing Team.

Words don’t go far enough to describe the level of care that Moray Coast District Nursing Team provides for its patients.

The Lossiemouth-based team, which works closely with the Moray Coast Medical Practice, is said to go above and beyond to support the frail, chronically ill, isolated and elderly members within its community.

The team has been shortlisted for a Heroes award. Its nomination said: “The team is amazing; nothing is too much for its patients.”

One of the GP partners, Elizabeth Barr, said: “It’s lovely to hear such positive feedback about members of our multidisciplinary team. We are very fortunate to have such a committed team helping us to look after our patients, without them we wouldn’t be able to provide anywhere near the same level of care."

She concluded: "They are an invaluable support when it comes to helping us manage the health and wellbeing of our local population and they do so with kindness, care and genuine compassion.”

Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin theatre staff

Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin theatre staff. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Dr Gray's Hospital, Elgin theatre staff. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

The theatre staff at Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin have been praised for their “exceptional” and “life-saving” emergency care, often at just a few minutes notice, earning them a Moray & Banffshire Heroes nomination and a place on the shortlist for healthcare hero.

A nomination said: “A percentage of patients attending Accident & Emergency will end up in theatre having some sort of emergency surgery. More often than not, it’s A&E staff or ward staff that are praised for their excellent care.

“Theatre seems to be forgotten about where life-saving surgery is performed by the emergency/trauma team, sometimes with only a few minutes' notice.

“It would be amazing to see the team in theatre be acknowledged for the exceptional work they perform both for elective patients and emergencies.”

On hearing the theatre team had been shortlisted for a Heroes’ award, Lesley Gow, nurse manager overseeing surgical services and anaesthetics at Dr Gray's, said: “They’re delighted to be nominated, humbled and grateful. Normally when people come in for surgery or are very unwell, they don’t really meet or see the theatre team so it’s great that they’re getting acknowledgement for the hard work that they do. It’s lovely!”

Lesley added: “The most rewarding part is they are getting to save lives. People who have gone through such a traumatic event that’s caused them great injury that they’ve come in as an emergency ‒ they are able to stabilise or fix them ‒ to get them onto recovery and live their lives as normal again.”

Specsavers Elgin is sponsoring the award for healthcare hero.

Peter Taylor, retail director, Specsavers Elgin, says: ‘To be able to sponsor Moray & Banffshire Heroes healthcare hero award for another year is simply fantastic. Celebrating the inspirational individuals in our area is a real honour for Specsavers Elgin.”

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