Patients Honour Their Healthcare Heroes

Wednesday, 18 November, 2015

The fourth annual ‘Honour your Heroes’ reception took place in Beaumont Hospital on Thursday 27th August when former patients returned to pass on their thanks and appreciation to members of hospital staff whom they believe went the extra mile in helping them regain their health and wellbeing.

‘Honour Your Heroes’ is an in-hospital staff recognition and fundraising programme which allows patients to pass on a message of appreciation to a hospital staff member and these messages are displayed around the hospital for staff, patients and the public to read. In addition, voluntary donations can be made to Beaumont Foundation to fund equipment and services which help to make Beaumont Hospital better for patients and their families.

This year's reception highlighted a small number of the many healthcare successes brought about by the 3,000 plus staff working at Beaumont Hospital. Each patient spoke briefly about the circumstances that brought them into the care of Beaumont Hospital and nominated an individual or team of their choice to receive an ‘Honour Your Heroes’ award.

These included:

Helen and Noeleen Diskin

• Noeleen Diskin and Helen Keogh – identical twins from Lucan. Noeleen donated a kidney to her sister, Helen, in 2014. Because their bodies are exact replicas of one, the donated kidney was accepted by Helen’s body as if it were her own and she does not need to take anti-rejection medication. Noeleen and Helen thanked the hospital’s Chief Medical Scientist (Rtd), Mr Derek O’Neill and the NHISSOT (National Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Service for Solid Organ Transplant) team and also Andrea Fitzmaurice and Aileen Counihan, Transplant Co-ordinators.

• Eoghan McManus – 9 yr old from Athlone, Co Roscommon. Eoghan suffered an AVM bleed to the brain in May 2014. Within the short space of 40 mins he was on a life support machine awaiting transfer to Beaumont Hospital for neurosurgery. Eoghan thanked Deirdre Greene, Healthcare Assistant on St Raphael’s Children ward.

• Jennifer Delahunty – a mother of four from Navan, who suffered a brain haemorrhage four days after giving birth. Jennifer thanked Fiona Kinsella, Physiotherapist.

• Ruth Harris – a single mother from Finglas who was diagnosed with breast cancer, thanked Lorna Cosgrave and Caroline Grehan nurses on St Clares cancer ward.

• Donall Carville – a young man in his early twenties from Armagh who suffered severe head injuries, broke his neck and fractured his skull in a car accident. Donal thanked, Mr David O’Brien, Consultant Neurosurgeon.

As well as acting as MC at the reception, Marty Whelan singled out Dave McGuinness, Healthcare Assistant in the Emergency Department (ED) for an ‘Honour Your Heroes’ Award. Marty’s mother was a patient in the ED before she passed away in Beaumont Hospital and he remembered Dave as being “kindness itself”, when she was admitted in 2013.

Paddy Delaney, Managing Director of Beaumont Hospital Foundation said, “Many of those who shared their personal accounts have had to fight long and hard on the road to their recovery. But with the support of Beaumont and its staff, they have made a return to health and indeed, many of them have gone on to fundraise for improved patient care at Beaumont Hospital. The ,‘Honour Your Heroes’, showcases our best product which is the medical expertise and the great level of care which staff in Beaumont Hospital provide to patients. And while we all know that resources are very tight and staffing shortages exist, today is about showcases some very real stories of healthcare successes and proving that staff here in Beaumont are giving one hundred per cent to saving lives on a daily basis”, he concluded.