Crewe and Nantwich NHS Heroes Nominated for NHS Parliamentary Awards  

NHS heroes from Crewe and Nantwich have been nominated for the NHS Parliamentary Awards by local MP, Dr Kieran Mullan.  

Vaccination team

Kieran called upon local residents to get in touch about an NHS worker or department that have gone above and beyond in helping them or a loved one so that he could nominate for the annual awards.  

Louise Smith, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist at Leighton Hospital

Louise Smith, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist at Leighton Hospital was nominated by a former patient for the Nursing and Midwifery award for being so supportive and always on hand to answer questions during their treatment.  

Additionally, the Cheshire Covid-19 Vaccination Team have been nominated for the Covid-19 Response Award, recognising the amazing work they have done during the pandemic to get jabs into arms as quickly and as safely as possible.  

Louise, after learning she had been nominated, said: “I feel like a winner already to be nominated in the first place. It means a lot to me that my patients appreciate the care they are given, and I get great satisfaction especially when I help them to get better from their chronic disease.”  

Speaking about Louise’s nomination, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Louise has always put the patients at the heart of what she does, she goes above and beyond within her role continually staying after hours and working weekends to ensure her patients receive the highest possible standard of care. Louise liaises with other departments to ensure the patient has a streamlined journey in the hospital and adapts to her patients’ requirements, for example, if a patient needed to see several different specialities Louise would alter an appointment to suit the patients’ needs.  

“Louise is a competent, compassionate practitioner who is empathetic in her approach. This has been tested over the past two years due to the pandemic as most nurse appointments have been revised and conducted over the telephone instead of patients visiting the hospital for appointments.  

“Louise is dedicated to the IBD service, she in-reaches to all of our in-patient areas and nothing is ever too much trouble. With her clinical expertise, she supports all members of staff and students. Her contribution to patient safety is why Louise is well deserved of this nomination for this award.”  

Cheshire and Wirral NHS Partnership, who suggested the nomination of Cheshire’s Covid-19 Vaccination Scheme, said: “Two years after the first COVID case in the UK health and social care colleagues, which include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, porters, volunteers and others, have gone above and beyond in their duty. We believe that there is no better way to recognise the work of our dedicated colleagues in Crewe and Nantwich than by considering them for nominations at the NHS Parliamentary Awards.”    

Dr Kieran Mullan MP (Photograph: Richard Townshend, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Kieran said: “I want to thank everyone who has brought forward their stories and suggestions for NHS Parliamentary Award nominees. The NHS Parliamentary Awards recognise the vital work that all NHS staff do day in and day out.  

“These nominations single out just a handful of the hard-working NHS staff who have gone above and beyond in caring for patients – particularly over the past couple of years when we have needed them more than ever.”