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Group of nurses win regional lifesaving award

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Five members of staff from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary have won a regional award, after they helped a man who collapsed outside the hospital.

David Doherty collapsed with a suspected myocardial infarction outside the oncology unit at the hospital, which is part of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

“It’s a tremendous honour to win this award”

Joann Morse

One of the first on the scene was Joann Morse, the trust’s deputy chief nurse, along with four colleagues who carried out resuscitation on Mr Doherty before ambulance staff arrived.

As a result of their efforts, Ms Morse, matron Alison Scott, nurse practitioner Louise Brown, staff nurse Lyn Lawrenson, and bank nurse Theresa O’Brien have won 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 5 June.

Mr Doherty, who is currently recovering at home, 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.”

Ms Morse 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.”

Sue Smith, executive chief nurse at the trust, said: “I would like to add how incredibly proud I am of our nursing team.”

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  • michael stone

    While I can't object to this, it isn't immediately clear to me (a possible publicity opportunity apart) why a group of nurses attempting CPR (in hospital grounds) 'warrants an award' ?

    Surely most members of the public would have expected them to do that ?

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