Honouring the best of cancer staff in St Luke’s Hospital

by Padraig Conlon

Local hospital staff who care for cancer patients from all across Ireland were recently honoured for their outstanding work at a ceremony in St Luke’s Hospital.

Opened in 1952, St Luke’s, in Rathgar, was founded by the Cancer Association of Ireland to treat patients from across the country.

In 2011, St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network (SLRON) was established, with centres in St James’s and Beaumont Hospitals also incorporated into the network.

The network’s main role is the treatment of patients with radiotherapy, and it is also the national centre for specialist techniques such as stereotactic treatment for lung and brain cancers, paediatric care, and total body irradiation.

In order to recognise outstanding work from staff, and quality improvement achievements throughout the network, the hospital’s Quality, Patient Safety and Risk department organises the annual SLRON Quality Excellence awards.

These awards celebrate the individuals and teams who go the extra mile and make a real difference to patients, visitors and staff and implement quality improvements that improve the service delivered to patients.

This year, 34 different projects were submitted from various departments within the three hospitals’ network centres.

From the submissions, six project winners and runners up were selected, with projects that ranged from support for patients and staff, and improving efficiency in current services, to a new information leaflet for patients.

To acknowledge staff who have displayed ‘excellence every day’, more than 180 staff received a nomination as ‘Staff Champion’ from either their fellow colleagues or patients, with four such Staff Champion titles awarded to staff.

The awards ceremony was held at St Luke’s, and was broadcast to the whole network.

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