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A campaigning nurse consultant is this week’s local hero

The Argus: Jason Gray has been praised by his peers Jason Gray has been praised by his peers

A nurse consultant who campaigned for a children’s emergency department with trained nurses is this week’s local hero.

Jason Gray, who works at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, has also been nominated for the Pioneering Emergency Nurse category at this year’s Welch Allyn Pioneers of Care Awards.

Jason’s efforts have also been praised by his peers after he helped to bring about the new children’s emergency department, and the children’s emergency nurse practitioner team.

Coogan The stand-alone unit was the first of its kind in the region and was officially opened by comedian Steve Coogan in 2012.

Children had previously been sent to the A&E department at the neighbouring Royal Sussex County Hospital. However, it was felt a dedicated unit in the children’s hospital would be more suitable and shield them from the sights and sounds of the busy Royal Sussex department.

Dr Helen Griffiths, a nurse consultant, university lecturer, and member of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology, said: “The NHS is such a huge organisation that sometimes it’s hard to believe that one person can make a real change.

“However, Jason has shown that through commitment and passion it is possible, and the new children’s emergency department, and children’s emergency nurse practitioner team, demonstrate this.

Jan McMeekin, UK manager of sponsors Welch Allyn UK, whose experience in care stretches back almost 100 years, said: “It is all too easy to take nurses, and trainee nurses, for granted.

“By highlighting their pioneering work with patients and inspiring efforts while training, we can show just how much we owe them,”

Jason said that he was “privileged and honoured” to had been nominated for the award.

He added: “I would not be able to do this without the brilliant dedicated team that I work with.

“Helping children and families is the best part of my job.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Friday at The Royal Institute of British Architects in central London.

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8:41pm Sat 12 Jul 14

LewesMum says...

Jason is wonderful. A real credit to his profession, really pleased to see his hard work and the department recognised.
Unfortunately we do seem to be there too much!
Jason is wonderful. A real credit to his profession, really pleased to see his hard work and the department recognised. Unfortunately we do seem to be there too much! LewesMum
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8:54pm Sat 12 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

LewesMum wrote:
Jason is wonderful. A real credit to his profession, really pleased to see his hard work and the department recognised.
Unfortunately we do seem to be there too much!
Good news from hospitals is always welcome.


The Coogan Unit has been open since 2012.....how is this 'news'?
[quote][p][bold]LewesMum[/bold] wrote: Jason is wonderful. A real credit to his profession, really pleased to see his hard work and the department recognised. Unfortunately we do seem to be there too much![/p][/quote]Good news from hospitals is always welcome. The Coogan Unit has been open since 2012.....how is this 'news'? stevo!!
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7:58am Sun 13 Jul 14

Balmy zephyrs says...

Good news to cover up really bad news ..... Rumours abound about 80 odd. members of staff currently suspended at RSCH ....... Including several senior consultants ..... an HR dept that is not fit for purpose ..... staff not able to function because of fear that a complaint.
This is a scandal in the making and do the public know about it .... no!
Is the NHS going down the same route as the Birmingham schools ?
Good news to cover up really bad news ..... Rumours abound about 80 odd. members of staff currently suspended at RSCH ....... Including several senior consultants ..... an HR dept that is not fit for purpose ..... staff not able to function because of fear that a complaint. This is a scandal in the making and do the public know about it .... no! Is the NHS going down the same route as the Birmingham schools ? Balmy zephyrs
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10:21am Sun 13 Jul 14

The Real Phil says...

All credit to nurse Gray for making this happen, but to be honest it had never crossed my mind that when the new Alex was constructed that it would not have such a dedicated unit in the plans.
All credit to nurse Gray for making this happen, but to be honest it had never crossed my mind that when the new Alex was constructed that it would not have such a dedicated unit in the plans. The Real Phil
  • Score: 5
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