Prizes beckon for Falkirk healthcare heroes

Babs McCool, Arts Co-ordinator  for NHS Forth Valley
Babs McCool, Arts Co-ordinator for NHS Forth Valley

Six Forth Valley health professionals and teams are in the running for Scottish Health Awards for outstanding patient care.

The nominees fought off stiff competition from across the country to secure a place at a glittering award ceremony to be held next month.

Among the nominees for top team are Anne Cairns and the domestic services team at Falkirk Community Hospital. They helped the hospital score a first for Scotland when it was given a completely clean bill of health when checked by a national inspection team.

So Precious, a charity set up to raise money for the neo-natal unit at the hospital has been shortlisted for the volunteers’ award. Formed in 2011, it has raised more than £170,000 to buy medical equipment and resources for babies and, more recently, the paediatric ward at FVRH.

Pamela McIntosh,from the learning disabilities team is a finalist for the therapist award, while Catherine Mondoa, consultant nurse, could take home the healthier lifestyle award for her work with the Healthy Hearts Club and cardiac rehabilitation.

Consultant cardiologist Catherine Labinjoh has been nominated quality champion of the year.

And patients and visitors to FVRH will be rooting for Babs MCool, the charitable arts and wellbeing coordinator, based in the hospital.

A finalist in the support workers category, her work has been praised for enriching the lives of patients, visitors and staff through art displays, film and therapy.

Jane Grant, chief executive of NHS Forth Valley, said: “It is great to see the hard work and efforts of our staff and volunteers being recognised in this way and I wish them all the very best of luck.”