The team here at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice has been named London Regional Winner in the Excellence in Healthcare Award category of the prestigious NHS Parliamentary Awards 2020, celebrating those who go the extra mile to ensure that the people in their care receive the best possible experience. What’s more, this means we’re going forward to the national awards next July, when the overall winners will be announced at the official ceremony at the Palace of Westminster.
Abena Oppong-Asare said “I’m pleased to have nominated Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice team for the Excellence in Healthcare award. The hospice team went above and beyond during COVID-19 to keep loved ones together and make sure vulnerable individuals were supported. I have to commend not just the team but the many volunteers who stepped up during this period in their work with Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice”
While we don’t do what we do for accolades and awards – we do it because we passionately believe each patient deserves high-quality care to help them live well to the end of their lives – it is always encouraging to receive external recognition for the high calibre of the service we give, knowing that the compassionate care and support our charity provides for patients and their families is recognised not just across our own community but beyond it, too.
Our Chief Executive, Kate Heaps said:
“Being named London Regional Winner is fantastic news and we are all delighted. It is testament not only to our team’s tireless work but the passion with which they do it so that patients get the holistic, compassionate and co-ordinated care they need – and deserve – to help them live well to the end of their lives.
“Throughout the pandemic, my colleagues have shown courage and compassion: visiting patients when no-one else would; working in full, uncomfortable PPE through their shifts; developing new volunteering roles so our patients do not feel isolated; delivering food packages as well as care, and – when it has been safe to do so – keeping our shops open to help raise the funds we need to do what we do.
“Each day our nurses, care assistants, housekeepers, doctors, volunteers, physiotherapists and all the behind-the-scenes staff have been supporting and uplifting our patients, their families and our communities with the same warmth, expertise and commitment as always. In an incredibly tough year for everyone they have continued to make an important difference and I couldn’t feel more proud of them.”