September's Hospital Hero - Mandy Overton
03 September 2012
Mandy’s magic makeover
Mandy Overton didn't need a magic wand to transform the old
chemo unit into a bright and welcoming elective admissions lounge -
a paintbrush and lots of elbow grease did the trick.
Deputy sister Mandy gave up her weekends and evenings to perform
her own 'DIY SOS' - and earned herself the Employee of the Month
title into the bargain.
The pilot project currently has space to care for 10 patients
while they undergo their pre-surgery checks. They are then taken
straight to theatre from the lounge.
Mandy explained: "Patients can wait for their operation in a
more chilled out atmosphere and their relatives can stay with them
until they go to theatre. And it takes some of the pressure off the
Surgical matron, Anita Martins, who nominated Mandy for the
award, said: "She has given up her own time to create a welcoming
lounge for our patients and really does embody the Trust's values.
The 12-week pilot has been so successful the plan is for Mandy to
expand the service to take more patients."