Christina O’Loughlin, Nottingham’s Nurse of the Year, has marked her award win by unveiling her name on one of the city’s trams.
Student Nurse Christina, who works at both the QMC and City Hospital, was guest of honour at a special ceremony held at the tram network’s Wilkinson Street depot today (Monday 31 July).
She follows the previous award-winner, Aprille Jones after amassing the most votes in the 2017 Nurse and Midwife of the Year Awards
The scheme - aimed at highlighting the contribution of local nurses and midwives - is organised by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) along with the Nottingham Post and NET is proud to have been headline sponsors for the last four years. The Queen’s Medical Centre is the only hospital in the country to be served by a tram, with a tram stop near the centre of the QMC complex.
Stephanie Moss-Pearce, Assistant Marketing Manager at NET, explained: “Over the past year, Aprille’s name on the side of a tram has provided a constant reminder of the outstanding professionalism of local nurses to our customers, staff and all those that see the tram travel through Nottingham.
“Christina’s name now takes pride of place on the tram we’ve reserved for celebrating this very special award each year.”
Mandie Sunderland, NUH Chief Nurse, said: “I am delighted that Christina, one of our student nurses and nurses of the future, now has a tram named after her in honour of being voted our 2017 nurse of the year by the people of Nottingham and her colleagues.
“We are all incredibly proud of Christina. With our University of Nottingham partners, and Christina’s close friends and family, we all enjoyed this special event.
“Thank you once again to the Nottingham Post and NET for making these awards possible and providing another way for our hospitals and our nurses to more closely connect with our local community.”
Councillor Jon Collins, Leader at Nottingham City Council, said: “I’m really proud that Nottingham is able to honour the dedication and hard work of our local unsung heroes like Christina.
“Whilst some of Nottingham’s trams are named after famous local legends, I’m pleased to see that others are highlighting and recognising those less famous, but equally deserving.
“The city’s nurses and midwives do a fantastic job, often in difficult circumstances, so I hope that this tram will show how much we greatly value the work they do and how proud we are of Christina’s achievements.”