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Children’s Ward staff win Pride of Derby Award after family’s 100 mile motorway dash for life saving surgery

Published 07/09/2017

Staff on a children’s ward at the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital have won an award for the outstanding care given to a family that drove more than 100 miles so that their seriously unwell teenage son could be treated at the hospital. 

Staff on the Puffin Ward have been presented with the Pride of Derby Best Team Award for collectively going the extra mile to help patient Jake Wright, who spent five days in the hospital after having his appendix removed. 

Mum Nicky drove for more than three hours to Derby when Jake, 14, started suffering severe abdominal pain during a trip to London after remembering a glowing review of the children’s hospital from her neighbour 12 years earlier.

She said: “When I lived in Erewash, my next door neighbour said that if Jake was ever sick, I should make sure that I took him to Derby because they had a fantastic dedicated children’s A&E. I never forgot and when I realised how poorly Jake was, that just stuck in my mind and I knew that I had to go to the Children’s Emergency Department at the Royal Derby.”

Nicky, of Burton on Trent, even got a speeding ticket as she raced to the hospital on 11 June but was adamant that it was all worth it after her son was immediately seen by a doctor and had his operation just hours later. 

Nicky said: “Every single member of staff went above and beyond what was expected of them. We lived in the Puffin Ward for five days and couldn’t fault anything. During our stay, we saw Dr James Blackwell every single day and it was such a comfort to know he had seen Jake right from the moment he was diagnosed.  We were privileged to meet so many wonderful nurses and doctors who cared for Jake day and night. The hours they put in and the respect that they had for Jake as a 14 year old boy was so appreciated. Jake even said that he missed them all when he came home!”

Jake himself nominated student nurse Amy Leeson for a Pride of Derby Award after she stayed two hours over the end of her shift so that she could stay by his side throughout the four hour surgery, before then visiting him three more times during his stay. 

University of Nottingham student Amy said: “I made a promise to Jake’s mum that I would stay with him, so there was no chance that I was going to leave him. He’s so funny and was really appreciative of everything that everyone was doing for him. I’ve always wanted to work with kids, so I was happy to help.” 

Paediatrics General Manager at Derby Teaching Hospitals Andy March, said: “It’s fantastic that the Puffin Ward has been recognised in this way. It’s an area that receives very positive feedback from our patients and their parents on a consistent basis. The way the whole ward looked after Jake is a great example of the dedication of our staff to go above and beyond for our patients. We provide a service for the parents as well as the patients, so it’s great to hear about Jake’s positive hospital experience.” 

Chief Executive Gavin Boyle, said: “I really like the way that the Trust takes the time to recognise colleagues who have put patients first through the Pride of Derby Awards. This is a fantastic example of staff going the extra mile for our patients.”

Last Modified 07/09/2017