Staff at Mayo University Hospital received two awards at the recent Saolta University Health Care Group Staff Recognition Awards which took place on Friday November 13 at an event in the Sligo Park Hotel. A group of staff from A Ward in the hospital who dealt with a fire earlier this year and ensured the safety of patients and staff received the Unsung Hero Award.
The Research Award was presented to Professor Kevin Barry, consultant surgeon and dean, on behalf of the Mayo Medical Academy which is based at the hospital. The research, “Efficacy of a Laparoscopically Delivered Transversus Abdominis Plane Block Technique during Elective Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: A Prospective, Double-Blind Randomized Trial”, was published in The Journal of the American College of Surgeons in August this year. The research award was presented jointly to the Mayo Medical Academy and the Atlantic Diabetes in Pregnancy Service at Galway University Hospitals.
Speaking at the awards, Maurice Power, CEO of the Saolta University Health Care Group said: “We are delighted to present the award of 'Unsung Hero' to Angela Gavin, Marie Cuffe, Derbhla Esler, Aoife Gibbons, Anna McCarthy, and Angela Mohan whose quick thinking, resilience, and camaraderie during a fire at Mayo General Hospital saved the lives of patients on their ward.”
Presenting Professor Kevin Barry with the Research Award, Maurice Power added: “I would like to congratulate the team in Mayo for their excellent research work that I have no doubt will have significant impact in Ireland and beyond.”