Healthcare Assistant "thrilled and proud" at getting Honour

Jan 09, 2018

A dedicated Healthcare Assistant at Whitchurch Community Hospital has played down ‘superhero’ status bestowed upon her by colleagues and members of the community after she was recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.

Judith Haycocks was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the care of older people.

But despite the prestigious accolade, the 72-year-old insists everyone at the hospital deserves to be recognised for the care they give to the patients.

She said: “Of course I’m absolutely thrilled and feel so proud to have been awarded a British Empire Medal but I don’t consider what I do to be any more worthy of recognition than my colleagues, we all work hard and do our best for the patients.

“I’m no superhero, I just do my job that’s all. I enjoy looking after people and I’m lucky to do the job I love and have always loved.”

A mother-of-three and grandmother-of-eight, Judith first started working at the hospital 32 years ago, and over the years, she has worked in a variety of roles and areas in the hospital including in the X-Ray department, in the clinics, and as a Ward Clerk, as well as working on a voluntary basis for the hospital at some points.

She said: “I had worked for the Red Cross when I’d go into the hospital, and if anyone was passing away, I would go and sit with them to provide some company and comfort.”

Judith currently works 17-and-a-half hours a week, working one day and one night a week.

Since news of her being recognised with the British Empire Medal, she said she has been inundated with well-wishes from colleagues, friends and family.

She said: “All my family have told me how proud they are of me, we celebrated by going out on New Year’s Eve and are going out for a family meal in the next few weeks, which will be lovely.

“Everyone at work has been full of it too, they’ve made a real fuss of me, it’s wonderful to work with such wonderful and caring colleagues.”

Judith was nominated by her colleagues at Whitchurch Community Hospital.

In Judith’s citation, Nurses Karen Meal and Uma Burdon said: “What really sets her apart is her ability to remain accessible to colleagues, her willingness to share her expertise in all areas, and help others develop their full potential.

“As a community hospital caring for mainly elderly patients, a great number of the people are known personally to Judy. People she has grown up with, played with or taught by. This population of patients are particularly comforted by seeing a recognisable face.