Media Release

Celebrating our Midwifery and Nursing unsung heroes

Unsung heroes among the nursing and midwifery staff have been celebrated by The Queen Elizabeth Hospital throughout this week.

The QEH is honouring the midwives and nurses who go that extra mile to support and help patients as well as colleagues.

The hospital has been holding a week of celebration to mark International Midwives Day on May 5 and Nurses Day on May 12.

Acting Chief Nurse Val Newton said: “Every day nurses and midwives across the hospital are making a difference for their patients and colleagues.

“We are incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated and compassionate group of nurses and wanted to celebrate these achievements.”

Our unsung heroes are:

  • Val Fisher, Healthcare Assistant on Marham, was nominated for her hard work in ensuring that patients have a great experience and for promoting kindness and attention to detail.
  • Carole Skipper, a HCA on the Acute Medical Unit was put forward for supporting quality care and exhibiting compassion to patients and staff
  • Hailey Muller, a staff nurse on West Raynham Ward. She was nominated for her positive attitude and professionalism.
  • Alice Mathew, Sister on Necton, who was nominated for being a superb role model for junior staff and students along with her excellent clinical and management skills.
  • Andrea Graveling, HCA, in West Raynham. Andrea, who was inspired to get into caring following a two-week stint at Holbeach Hospital, was put forward for being caring, compassionate, listening to patients needs and for making them smile with her bubbly personality.
  • Marham Junior Sister Clara Simao stepped up to manage her ward and is an “asset to the team”
  • Lisa Davey, a Practice Development Nurse on Marham, has been put forward as an unsung hero due to her outstanding support to students and overseas nurses.
  • Risk and Governance Matron Holly Carney for developing new initiatives to underpin learning in maternity
  • Jodie Jupe, Quality Assurance Midwife, has worked incredibly hard behind the scenes and is leading on a number of projects.
  • Denise Marke, a HCA and housekeeper on AEC, is an unsung hero for her ability to get a smile from patients and always being willing to step in to support her colleagues.
  • NICU Team Leader Paula Bettinson is an excellent in her role and constantly seeking new ways of working to enhance the care given to babies and their families.
  • Wendy Howard, AZ, is a team player who steps in to support her colleagues and is a friend to all.
  • Play specialist Kelly Hodgson was put forward for putting her young patients first and distracting them during procedures.
  • Selena Hawkins, TNA on Rudham, is passionate about the care she gives and is inspiring others.
  • Jade Penny, West Raynham, has been nominated for supporting each member of the team when she is on shift
  • Marina Vasilevska, SAU, for the outstanding support she gives to patients and their families
  • Lead Nurse for Older People Alison Webb has good quality of patient care at the centre of everything she does.
  • Associate Chief Nurse Karen McGuire for the support she gives to her staff.


 Picture: A montage of some of our unsung heroes

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