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BMI nurse wins award for paediatric improvements

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A London nurse has been recognised for her work in paediatric services.

Antoinette Stassen, paediatric sister at BMI The Blackheath Hospital, has won the private sector organisation’s “nursing excellence” award.

Ms Stassen was recognised for her work over the last two years at Blackheath, described as “instrumental” in the expansion and delivery of a host of new services that have improved the quality and availability of children’s medicine at the hospital. 

These include a pre-admission service, a follow up support call service, closer ties between the paediatric team and the hospital’s minor injuries service and outpatients department and improvements to the environment and facilities available to the children, including better toys.

Her contribution was picked out from across BMI Healthcare’s network of 70 UK hospitals and she was presented with her prize at a ceremony in London this month.

Ms Stassen said: “It was a great honour to receive this award and I would like to thank those people who nominated and selected me as the overall winner.”

She added: “I have always felt a great affinity with children and my role at The Blackheath Hospital allows me to work alongside them every day and make an experience, which can be quite scary, less intimidating and sometimes even fun.”

Blackheath Hospital executive director Peter Harris said: “Antoinette has worked tirelessly to make the paediatric department something that everyone in the local community should be really proud of.

“On behalf of everyone at The Blackheath Hospital I would like to say a big thank you for all her work over the past two years.”

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