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They’ve made an art out of accessing veins quickly and painlessly.
And now Westmead Hospital’s after-hour nurse cannulation team has won the prestigious NewsLocal People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Western Sydney Local Health District Quality Awards.
Other winners were:
- Chair of the Board’s Award – Patient feedback – online, real time, anytime
- Chief Executive’s Award – Rapid access to care and evaluation (RACE) program
- WentWest Partnership Award – Community eye care in western Sydney
- Patients as Partners Award – Stanford chronic disease self-management program
- Integrated Health Care Award – Rapid access to care and evaluation (RACE) program
- Translational Research Award – Physiotherapist lead pelvic flood muscle training pre and post radical prostatectomy
- Local solutions Award – Westmead after-hours nurse cannulation team
- Preventive Health Award – Rethink your drink @ Westmead Hospital
- Collaborative Team Award – To home or elsewhere: Family Meeting
- Harry Collins Award Award – Stopping our SABSIs
- Arts and Health Award Award – Music and memory program in acute care
- Innovation Award – Not another DVT in the ED
- Education and Training – Education Centre Against Violence Aboriginal qualification pathway
- Bob Leece Award – Patient feedback – online, real time, anytime
A massive 17,500 votes were cast to decide the winner, with WSLHD staff and community members pushing the cannulation project to the top of the list of 21 finalists in the awards.
The popular team received their award from NewsLocal publisher John McGourty and consumer representative Erron Palmer at a glittering event at ANZ Stadium.
Mr Mcgourty said WSLHD employees were “genuinely making a difference to Western Sydney”.
“Almost daily we hear of the great work you do with incredible research and advances in medicine that mean so much to our local community,” he said.
VIPs including Clinical Excellence Commission chief executive Carrie Marr, acting secretary of NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce, and western Sydney MPs were among the 300-strong crowd to see the awards presented.
The after-hours cannulation project set up a team of nurses to insert cannulas, freeing up doctors to manage acutely unwell patients. Sharing the workload allowed each team to focus their skill sets where they are needed most, improving outcomes for both patients and staff.
The WSLHD Quality Awards are held annually, and recognise innovation excellence in health care.