Care award for Ayrshire nurse

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Charge Nurse Avril Crook is the first member of staff from NHS Ayrshire & Arran to receive the Isabella Kimmett Compassionate Care Award.

This fantastic award was launched in April 2015 by Ann Gow, Interim Nurse Director and is named in memory of patient Isabella Kimmett. The award is named after a former patient whose family have agreed for us to remember their loved one in this way, and recognises compassionate care in nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who work in hospitals and communities.

Avril who is Charge Nurse in Theatres at University Hospital Ayr was nominated by a member of her team. Avril commented: “I was very surprised and honoured to receive this Award. We have great teams working in the theatre and recovery areas led by the Theatre Manager and Charge Nurses.

“All our staff members are committed to ensuring that every patient is treated with dignity and respect within a safe and caring environment.”  

Isabella Kimmett’s daughter, Jacqueline Thomson presented Avril with the award and a £25 voucher. The other seven nominees received a nominee certificate.

Ann Gow, Interim Nurse Director, commented: ‘We are delighted to present this fantastic award to Avril to celebrate the invaluable compassionate care qualities she has shown in her work and look forward to presenting many more.”

The Isabella Kimmett Compassionate Care Award is given three times each year and celebrates staff members who have shown compassionate care qualities in: providing dignity and comfort; taking time and patience to listen; offering kindness and warmth; person-centred care; and making sure that the patient is involved in decisions and has choice.

If you know someone who deserves to be awarded for the quality of their compassionate care, the next submission deadline is 30 October 2015. We are happy to take nominations from patients, family members and colleagues. You can request a nomination form by emailing  or by phoning 01292 513680.