Hospital staff to the rescue

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A man who collapsed outside the Royal Lancaster Infirmary says he wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for the quick thinking actions of five members of staff.

David Doherty collapsed with a suspected heart attack outside the Oncology Unit at the hospital in South Road, and one of the first on the scene was deputy chief nurse Joann Morse.

She was quickly joined by colleagues who were able to carry out resuscitation on David before ambulance staff arrived to transfer him to the hospital’s Emergency Department.

David was admitted to the hospital for treatment and is now recovering at home.

Because of their help in saving David, deputy chief nurse Joann Morse, Better Care Together matron Alison Scott, nurse practitioner from Acute Oncology and Haematology Louise Brown, staff nurse Lyn Lawrenson, and bank nurse Theresa O’Brien, were nominated and successful in winning a North West Ambulance Service Life Saver Award.

The awards aim to recognise individuals who have made outstanding efforts to save the life of a person suffering a cardiac arrest.

The awards ceremony took place at Blackburn Rovers Football Club on Friday 5 June 2015.

Mr Doherty said: “Without a shadow of doubt I would not be alive today if it wasn’t for the nurses who saved my life outside the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. I enjoyed meeting them again at the awards ceremony on Friday.”

Joann Morse, Deputy Chief Nurse, UHMBT, said: “Our prime job as NHS employees is to save lives and treat people who are ill. However, it’s a tremendous honour to win this award. All the staff enjoyed attending the ceremony on Friday.”

Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse, UHMBT, said: “I would like to add how incredibly proud I am of our nursing team, and am delighted to hear that Mr Doherty is recovering well.”

For more information about the awards, visit the North West Ambulance Service’s CardiacSmart website at: http://www.cardiacsmart.nwas.nhs.uk/