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North Mid wins big at Nursing Times Awards 2021

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust (North Mid) has won a prestigious award for nursing care and nursing leadership at this year’s Nursing Times Awards. The Trust came out on top in the Managing Long-Term Conditions category for their paediatric specialist automated red cell exchange service.  

The red cell exchange service for children provides young people with blood transfusions using a specialist machine that swaps blood cells with donor red blood cells that do not contain sickle haemoglobin. This service change was led by Albin Bendiola who introduced the service for children & young people at North Mid in 2020. It now means that children with sickle cell disorder spend less time at hospital by reducing the frequency of visits as well as the amount of time in our care for each visit, from eight hours to approximately two hours.

Enfield and Haringey have a high proportion of people living with sickle cell disorder and the introduction of this service now means that the Trust provides these types of blood transfusions for people throughout their life, as the children’s service complements the one North Mid already provides for adults.

Colette Datt, associate director of nursing for children and young people at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, said: “I am so proud of our paediatric sickle cell nursing team. To win this prestigious award highlights the fantastic progress, dedication and hard work we have put into providing outstanding care for our local community - despite having one of the most challenging years to date.

“We are incredibly honoured to receive national recognition. This will be a huge boost as we continue to improve our services and ensure our patients and the local community are provided with the best possible service.”

North Mid was shortlisted in three categories at this year’s awards:

  • Children’s Service of the Year
  • Managing Long-Term Conditions – paediatric specialist automated red cell exchange
  • Nurse Leader of the Year – Sylvia Gomes, matron from neonatal care.

A full list of winners for the Nursing Times Awards 2021 can be found on the Nursing Times website.

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