Best of Health Awards: Mental Health Team of the Year

Mental Health Team of the Year Brooker Ward receive their award.''Picture: Steve Reid (132941-269)
Mental Health Team of the Year Brooker Ward receive their award.''Picture: Steve Reid (132941-269)

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THEY’RE a team of health workers that help older people through what can be a tough time for the patient and their families.

The Brooker Ward in The Limes, in St James’ Hospital, Locksway Road, Milton, Portsmouth, helps older people who are suffering from problems such as dementia.

And they were the winner of the Mental Health Worker/Team of the Year category, at this year’s Best of Health Awards 2013.

The team had previously been shortlisted, so winning this year was extra poignant.

John Ladner, a healthcare support worker, said: ‘I love it because we’ve been here before, and we didn’t get it.

‘But now we’ve got it, and I feel really proud.

‘It’s so great, and fantastic, it’s so great to be recognised.’

‘We had a brilliant night, and even more so because we won.

‘We will have to show the other wards our trophy.’

The team was put forward by Gill Calvert, of Park Avenue, Waterlooville.

In her nomination, she said: ‘In late January 2013, my husband Tony was admitted to The Limes suffering from early-onset dementia – he was in a very poor way.

‘Everyone at The Limes was great.

‘Not only did they care for Tony in a kind, professional and loving way, they were also there for me and our family.

‘Nothing was too much for them.

‘At all times we were informed regarding Tony’s treatment.

‘They were available at all times night and day.

‘They listened and took notice of what we said, or asked and answered all of our questions.

‘Unfortunately, Tony’s health deteriorated while he was on the ward and he suffered another stroke and developed pneumonia and died there.

‘At this dark time, everyone was so kind to us, providing a friendly ear and endless cups of coffee.

‘They made what was a very dark time for us as easy as it could be.

‘I will be forever grateful to the wonderful team of angels.’

Runner up in the category was the Hewat Centre, in Gosport War Memorial Hospital.