The Rotary Club of Barnstaple has voted unanimously to create a new one-off award to honour the outstanding work and dedication of the North Devon District Hospital COVID-19 teams.
The ‘Citizen’s Team of the Year’ is being awarded to the staff of the Tarka and Capener Wards, who are providing the frontline care of patients with COVID-19, and the staff in the Intensive Care Unit, who care for the sickest COVID-19 patients.
Kathy Stanbury, President of the Rotary Club of Barnstaple, said: “This has been a very difficult year for us all, but we believe that it has been the hardest for the doctors, nurses and other specialists that have risked their own lives to care for and treat local COVID-19 patients. The Rotary ethos is ‘Service above Self’ and we believe that the COVID-19 teams are a magnificent example of this.”
Lucy Bates, Deputy Chief Nurse at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT), said: “This is a lovely gesture from our local community in these challenging times. It’s good to know just how much our staff are appreciated and valued.
“All our staff are working so hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of everyone at NDHT, I would like to thank the Rotary Club of Barnstaple for this award.”