HARD-working doctors and nurses have received a prestigious award at the Houses of Parliament.
Staff from the rheumatology department at Queen Alexandra Hospital picked up an award for their outstanding standard of care.
They were only one of 10 departments to win a National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society Healthcare Champions Award.
The accolade came after they were nominated by Muriel Boyes, from Winifred Close, Waterlooville. Mrs Boyes has been a patient of the department for 19 years.
In her nomination she explained that during the cold, snowy period in January, she called the department to seek help for a flare-up in her condition.
She had a prompt call back advising her to increase her medication – but she was also asked whether she had sufficient food supplies, given her condition and inability to get out.
Staff even offered to go out and get food for her if necessary.
Mrs Boyes said that over the course of 19 years, the standard of care had never fallen, despite a change in the head consultant within that period.