Praise for wonderful hospital staff

IPSWICH Hospital's Gala Awards Night is just days away and today we bring you the final nominees for the Evening Star Patient's Award.Like every other nomination, the final two nominees have teams of staff who have helped make a difference to the lives of hundreds of patients.

IPSWICH Hospital's Gala Awards Night is just days away and today we bring you the final nominees for the Evening Star Patient's Award.

Like every other nomination, the final two nominees have teams of staff who have helped make a difference to the lives of hundreds of patients.

Sharon Gleed nominated the CHAMP paediatric team for helping to save her son Aiden's life when he was born.

Aiden suffered from a condition called hydrocephalus, where spinal fluid becomes trapped around the brain.

In his first few days he was extremely ill and had to be closely monitored in the Special Care Baby Unit before being transferred to Addenbrookes for an emergency operation to drain the fluid.

Mrs Gleed, of Orwell Road, said: “The team saved my son's life with their fast intervention.

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“I wanted to nominate them for this to show how much their actions meant.

“The award is a great way to acknowledge an amazing, caring team.”

Aiden is now a healthy 11-year-old and only needs to go for check-ups every six months.

Mrs Gleed said: “Eleven years on, my son has made remarkable progress and is a very bright, popular pupil at school.”

Headed by Adrian Ilott the team has 16 members and they work to help young children with disabilities - anything from autism to cerebral palsy.

The second nomination is for Dr Tim Lockington, clinical director of stroke services and care of older people.

Dr Lockington was nominated by John Bedward, of Alexandra Road, Ipswich.

Mr Bedward said: “The man deserves a knighthood.

“He has helped me keep my dignity despite my Parkinson's disease. He is kind and reassuring, and very patient.

“Going to his clinics is a joy.”

Mr Bedward, 84, has spent a lot of time in hospital after suffering from cancer.

He said: “I would like to nominate all the staff who have ever helped me at the hospital if I could. I have no complaints at all.”

The winner will be announced at the hospital's Gala Awards Night on November 17.

n. Do you want to thank someone who has made a difference to your life? Write to Evening Star Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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