WHEN dad Steve Jewer had both of his kidneys removed due to cancer, he feared he would never see his children grow up or his daughter get married.
But thanks to the help of a specialist kidney team in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, he’s been able to do both those things.
The 57-year-old of Marlow Close, Fareham, put the Haemodialysis Team forward for this year’s Best of Health Awards.
And they won the category of Hospital Team of the Year.
Nikki Pacy, 49, a ward sister, said: ‘We are very proud, happy and humbled to be given this award.
‘We see these patients three times a week and you end up building a great rapport with them.
‘It’s lovely to see we’re appreciated by the patients.’
Mr Jewer was told in 1999 that he had a tumour on both of his kidneys.
To stop the cancer spreading, he needed to have both removed.
His biggest fear was that he would not be able to walk his daughter down the aisle.
Since his diagnosis, Mr Jewer has visited the renal unit three times a week for four dialysis sessions in order to rid his body of toxins.
Dialysis is a process for removing waste and excess water from the blood – a job usually done by the kidneys.
Although his father donated a kidney to him, after six years that didn’t work and Mr Jewer had to go back to dialysis.
But he will always be grateful that thanks to the help of the team, he has been able to see his children grow up and give his daughter away.
‘We have known Steve for a long time,’ added Nikki.
‘We have a great relationship with him and we’re pleased he has recognised our hard work.’
But staff are also grateful to Mr Jewer, a former mental health worker, by supporting the team and helping other dialysis patients.
Marion Collins, 57, a senior staff nurse on the team, said: ‘Our relationship with Steve is even more special because of his background as a mental health worker.
‘He has always helped us if there have been difficult patients, so I guess he has given back as much as we give him.’
Coming in second place was the Sultan Ward at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
HOSPITAL NURSE OF THE YEAR
TAKING the crown of Hospital Nurse of the Year was Karen Neller.
Karen, 48, works as a nurse in the Spinnaker Ward, which helps rehabilitate elderly patients at St Mary’s Health Community Campus, in Milton Road, Milton.
She was put up for an award at this year’s Best of Health Awards by her colleagues, who have described her as ‘superb’, ‘supportive’ and an ‘excellent role model’.
The awards ceremony took place on Friday night at the Portsmouth Guildhall, which was packed out with top health professionals.
It was also where Karen took to the stage to collect her award.
She said: ‘I was absolutely chuffed and happy to have won.
‘This is up there with one of the nicest things that has happened to me in my career.
‘It feels great to be appreciated for the job. I also have to thank the fantastic team I work with at the ward.’
The team moved to the Spinnaker Ward when the health campus opened last December. Karen said the move has helped to treat elderly patients that might be in due to a range of health problems, such as having Parkinson’s or injured from trips and falls.
She added: ‘Since moving to the Spinnaker Ward we have really been able to offer fantastic support to our patients.’
Runner up in this category was Sue Atkins, who leads a team of specialist alcohol nurses at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.