Staff accolades

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Anaesthetist awarded for providing exceptional care to patient at RDH

patient hero award given to Grace by Cathy

Paediatric Anaesthetist, Dr Grace Monnery, has won the Patient Hero Award for providing exceptional care to a young patient needing his appendix removed.

The devoted Anaesthetist who works at Royal Derby Hospital was awarded with the UHDB Patient Hero Award this week after being nominated by a patient and his family.

Renee and Shayn Pattrick nominated Dr Monnery on behalf of their 10-year-old son, Jayden. They said: ”In surgery is where he met Grace Monnery, Anaesthetist. Grace was amazing with him, calming him and winning his trust. He got to see photos of her dogs, and she wrote him a ‘sick note’ to excuse him from his chore of making his bed daily. 

sick note

“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you - from us all - for keeping him safe, pain free during surgery and making him comfortable with you.”

Cathy Winfield, Chief Executive Nurse, praised Grace for going above and beyond to make her patient feel safe and trust their service.

Dr Grace Monnery, Anaesthetist, said: “It is so lovely of the family to have put me forward for this award. It’s been a complete shock, but a good one at that!”

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