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Three clinical teams at Newark Hospital have been rewarded for excellence by the health trust they work for.

The Staff Excellence Awards were presented at the Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust’s annual meeting.

The team of the year award went to the acute care practitioners team at Newark. It is believed to be the first team of its kind in the country.

The four care practitioners — Mr Mick Coppin, Mr Simon Parkes, Mr Neil Jordan and Mr Vince Hannington — have worked in the hospital for a year.

They work shifts at night, weekends and bank holidays and their duties include blood sampling and testing, advanced airway management, critical care outreach, out-of-hospital patient transfers, research and training.

Mr Coppin, who previously worked in the operating department at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, said the first few months involved intensive training.

The team is now fully operational and deals mainly with critical care management and managing critically-ill patients.

They are looking to recruit a fifth team member.

Mr Coppin said: “The award shows us that the trust is totally committed and behind the project.

“Having the team means that patients get the quality of care that wouldn’t normally be found unless they were in a bigger centre of excellence.”

A new award this year, the people’s award, was voted for by patients.

It was won by Dr Jagdish Sharma and the Parkinson’s Clinic team at Newark Hospital.

The other members of the team are Mary Bowman, Linda Robinson, Pat Barratt, Karen Mosedale and Nina Marshall.

The clinic, which opens on Tuesdays, has run since 1992 and is one of the first specialist Parkinson’s clinics in the country.

Dr Sharma, who set up the clinic, said they provided a specific clinical service to patients with Parkinson’s disease and their carers.

They also have an out-of-hours’ telephone number that patients can ring and leave a message. A team member will then call back to help.

Dr Sharma said many patients travelled from outside Newark because the care they provided was so specific.

“Parkinson’s is a chronic disease. Patients get increasingly frail as time goes on. They are very dependant on their medication and a high support system,” he said.

The urology team at Newark was second in the improvement of the year award for its work with a Haematuria Clinic that deals with patients who have blood in their urine.

The clinic, which has been running at the hospital since April 2007, was set up by Miss Samantha Annis, the clinical nurse specialist in pre-operative assessments.

She said King’s Mill was now trying to implement a similar clinic.

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