Double health award for George

Ripley Hospital porter George Dennis receiving the first of his two awards from Kath Henderson, Chief Nurse at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.
Ripley Hospital porter George Dennis receiving the first of his two awards from Kath Henderson, Chief Nurse at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

A hospital porter from Selston has won two out of eight categories at an awards ceremony for NHS staff who go the extra mile for their patients.

George Dennis won the Behind the Scenes Award – which recognises those working in non-clinical roles who deliver high quality services to patients or colleagues, or who are innovative in improving services - and the Healthcare Hero Award – which honours those looking after patients directly who go above and beyond what is expected of them.

George, 65, who has worked as a parter at Ripley Hospital for the past five years, said: “I honestly didn’t expect it.

“The girls got me in the office one day and told me they had nominated me twice. I was hoping to win one, but not two!

“I got two very nice glass stars with my name on them. I am going to leave them in reception. It’s not me - it’s a fantastic hospital. We all do our jobs. I’m very proud of the people that are here with us. It’s small but fantastic. My missus wants me to retire - but I don’t want to do it until I’m 70! I enjoy my job.”

A spokesman said: “He will take time to sit with a patient who is on their own for an appointment, spending a bit of quality time with them and this can make such a difference to their experience.”