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Last week, staff from across Metro South Health came together to celebrate the dedication, ingenuity and compassion of their colleagues at the annual Metro South Health Australia Day Achievement Awards.
Twelve awards were presented covering a wide range of areas, including nursing, medicine, research, allied health, planning and information technology, and Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) was a double winner.
Leisure Therapist Lyndal Gray was recognised for providing excellent care for patients and their families who were undergoing cancer treatment at the hospital.
“I love that I have the privilege of working with patients and their families in a unique way,” she said.
“Leisure is a medium that gives people choice, control, accomplishment and identity—something that often can be lost when illness, disability and long hospital admissions take hold.
“I wouldn’t be able to tell you all the details of the patient's clinical diagnosis or injuries, but I can always tell you straight away what's important to them.”
In the same patient-focused fashion, the Parenteral Nutrition Team was recognised for implementing new policies and processes that reduced rates of blood stream infections and decreased the average length of time parenteral nutrition was required.
“Everyone wants to be able to eat, so when a patient’s gut isn’t working and they need to receive nutrition through a tube in their arm it can be quite distressing,” Associate Clinical Nurse Consultant Jeanette Morris said.
“We’ve implemented daily rounds to inspect the patient’s line to reduce rates of infection, but also to regularly engage with our patients and reassure them and ease any concerns they have.”
The awards were presented by Metro South Health Board Chair Janine Walker and Chief Executive Dr Stephen Ayre.
“The awards showcase the many outstanding achievements taking place across all levels of our organisation,” Dr Ayre said.
“They demonstrate how we’re using innovative thinking, teamwork and best practice to deliver the best care possible.
“All recipients were nominated by their work colleagues, which makes these awards truly special and a representation of everything that is great about the teams at Metro South Health.”