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Cheery Burton healthcare assistant is now NHS‘hero’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

Allison Drake receives her award from Helen Ashley

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A HEALTHCARE assistant from a Burton hospital has been named as one of the country’s ‘NHS heroes’.

Allison Drake, who works on ward 19 at the town’s Queen’s Hospital, was put forward for the national award by her staff nurse colleague Beverley Nicol, and was stunned to be chosen for the accolade.

She said: “I thought it was a joke when I was first told, but once it had sunk in I was really delighted.

“I love my job, helping out the patients and making them comfortable, so it came as a big surprise to be put forward for an NHS award, for doing something I have really enjoyed for the last 21 years.”

Ms Drake’s nomination was based on her hard work in supporting orthopaedic patients during their rehabilitation.

She has worked on Ward 19 for five years and maintained her cheerful and positive outlook despite the fact her husband Jazon has been seriously ill during that period.

Staff Nurse Nicol said: “Allison is always full of cheer and is a very positive member of the nursing team. She has been through a lot in her own life during the past three years but despite this she has managed to be a wonderful asset to the ward.”

Ms Drake said: “I’m so grateful for the care Jazon has been given and would like to thank intensive care, Ward 4 and the high dependency unit for looking after him so well, and also to staff on Ward 19 for their support over the past three years.”

NHS Heroes is a national scheme to recognise the work undertaken by individuals and teams every day in the NHS and to reward those who always provide exceptional care.

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