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Cancer patient thanks RDH’s Combined Day Unit for unwavering support

Combined Day Unit Team Photo

An extremely grateful cancer patient has thanked the Combined Day Unit at Royal Derby Hospital for their unwavering support throughout the pandemic. 

The patient nominated the team for their outstanding care during his chemotherapy treatment even through the commotion of the pandemic.  

The patient’s nomination for the Combined Day Unit commended their dedication to patient experience to help aid the emotional wellbeing of those receiving cancer treatment. They said: "I am just over half way through chemotherapy and the team have been outstanding. I have really struggled at times with anxiety, fear and generally feeling out my depth.

“The team have always gone above and beyond to reassure and comfort me, making the process more bearable. I could not be more grateful. They are more than just nurses; they are therapists, a warming face, and a wealth of knowledge. I am so thankful for them especially in the current circumstances.”

Phil Bolton, Deputy Chief of Nursing Operations, visited the team to present them with the UHDB Making a Difference Award to thank them for their service to this patient.

Eleanor Stokes, Sister on the Combined Day Unit, said: “It feels lovely to be recognised by a patient who we care for, and it’s a really nice surprise to win the Making a Difference Award.”

If you would like to nominate a colleague or team for a Monthly Making a Difference Award, please let us know.

There are four monthly Making a Difference Awards categories:

  • Chief Executive Award – chosen by Gavin Boyle
  • Patient Hero Award – nominated by patients
  • Team UHDB Award – you can nominate your team or another team
  • Excellent Employee Award – you can nominate your colleagues

You can send a 300 word nomination along with the name of the team or individual, their job title and where they work, to