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Staff at QEH Children’s Ward named “Healthcare Heroes”

Staff at the Safari Children’s Inpatient Ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) were named winners of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust’s “Healthcare Heroes” award yesterday evening (Wednesday 7 December) at the organisation’s annual staff awards ceremony.

 

Sonia Sankoli, aged 32 from Bexley, nominated the staff on Safari Ward for the “healthcare heroes” award and said: “My son, Dhian Hari Singh Sankoli, was diagnosed as having a life limiting genetic condition when he was 10 days old. When he was four months’ old, he was admitted to the Safari Children’s ward with bronchitis and we remained there for eight weeks before he sadly passed away.

 

“The care was extraordinary. He was seen by 22 nurses, and each went the extra mile, often staying late to check we were all ok. I always had help for tasks like giving Dhian a bath and so I never felt alone; before long the staff were like an extension of our family.

 

“Everyone went the extra mile for us – putting us in touch with a local hospice, other families and giving us training on feeding equipment. One of the nursing team suggested we put Dhian in a special seat to help with his support and breathing. I cannot tell you how happy this seat made my son; some of my best memories I have of him are sitting in that chair.”

 

Since Dhian Hari Singh Sankoli passed away, Sonia and her husband Sandeep have been raising money for QEH to develop a new sensory room that will aid other children who have complex needs with their development skills. They started fundraising in May 2016 have already raised £18,500. To thank the staff on Safari Ward for their support, Sonia and Sandeep are also arranging a buffet to be delivered to the ward on 23 December.

 

Elizabeth Butler, Chair of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, said:  “Sonia and Sandeep Sankoli are special people and we cannot thank them enough for the support they continue to give to our hard working and dedicated staff. Dhian made a lasting impression upon everyone who met him, and the development of a sensory room will be a wonderful legacy to him.

 

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust’s 2016 staff awards were funded by generous donations from the Trusts’ partners: Abbey Travel, Capsticks, Interserve, ISS World, Meridian Hospital Community, Muffin Break and Vinci Facilities.

 

Claire Champion, Director of Nursing and Clinical Quality for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust added:  “Every year, we receive many nominations for our staff awards, and being on the judging panel is a truly rewarding experience. It is important to celebrate all the fantastic work which takes place every day, and these awards are a great way of doing just that.  I had the great pleasure of meeting Sonia and Sandeep when they first visited the ward with a donation after Dhian had passed away, and was able to hear first-hand about the wonderful care they had received.  I would like to congratulate the staff on Safari Ward and all the other award winners for going the extra mile and making a real difference to patients.”

You can donate to the development of a sensory room at QEH by visiting:  www.justgiving.com/lewishamandgreenwich. Please write “Dhian’s campaign” as a reference to ensure that the money is allocated towards the sensory room development.

 

A full list of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust’s staff award winners is in editors’ notes below.

 

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Editors’ notes

Development of a sensory room at QEH

The sensory room is for children with special needs, including autism or cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy. Each piece of equipment provides sensory feedback. For example, this may include seats which vibrate when music is played, or a motion sensor floor which moves when children walk on it. There is also special play equipment with special lights and sounds for the children.  This unlocks a world of activity for children with complex needs and enables them to interact with their environment.

 

Additional quotes from Sonia Sankoli

Sonia Sankoli, aged 32 from Bexley, nominated the staff on Safari Ward for the award and said:

 

 “During our time on the ward Dhian had five episodes when he needed to be resuscitated. On each occasion the nurses were compassionate and made sure he and the family were ok. The nurse on duty would often stay late to make sure we had everything we needed.

 

“Everyone went the extra mile for us – putting us in touch with a local hospice, other families and giving us training on feeding equipment. One of the nursing team suggested we put Dhian in a special seat to help with his support and breathing. I cannot tell you how happy this seat made my son; some of my best memories I have of him are sitting in that chair. 

 

“After Dhian passed away, one of the nurses, Julie Mingay, contacted the local hospice as she knew of someone who did baby hand and foot imprints into jewellery. It was so touching she had thought to do this and a great memory we have of our little boy.

 

“To show our appreciation of all the hard work and generosity the Safari Ward showed us we have been fundraising to help set up a sensory room that will aid other children who have complex needs with their developmental skills during their time in hospital. We started fundraising in May this year and to date we have raised £18,500. We will continue to work with the ward to ensure the sensory room is completed and will always offer our help in any other way.

 

List of all the award winners

  • Commitment to Quality of Care:  Dr Mick Jennings, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist
  • Respect and Dignity Award:  Helen Knower, Head of Midwifery
  • Improving Lives Award:  Hannan Boukhriss and Lourena Ferreira Mendes, Spirometry Technician and Senior Respiratory Physiologist, Lung Function Team, UHL
  • The Working Together for Patients Award:  Dr Ildiko Schuller, Consultant Paediatrician, QEH
  • Everyone Counts Award:  Michael Wright, Head of Health and Safety and Risk, UHL
  • Everyone Counts Award: Michael Wright, Head of Health and Safety and Risk, UHL
  • Excellence in End-of-Life Care: Juniper Ward, UHL
  • Patient Safety Award:  Safeguarding Children Team, Administrators and Coordinators, Kaleidoscope, UHL, Safari Ward (QEH)
  • Partner Award:  John Fletcher, Interserve Stores Porter, UHL
  • The Kate Granger Compassion in Care Award:  Kate Hudson, Matron, Acute and Emergency Medicine, QEH
  • Healthcare Hero Award:  Safari Ward

 

Contact details

David Cocke, Head of Communications, 020 8333 3297, david.cocke@nhs.net

 

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