Alpha Solway honours top doctor with new 'People's Choice' award
By: Alpha Solway
Scottish kidney specialist Dr Mun Woo has been honoured today as an unsung heroine of Scotland's health service.
Dr Woo, who treats patients with established kidney failure at Inverclyde Royal Hospital's renal unit, is the winner of the new 'People's Choice' award, sponsored by leading Scottish PPE manufacturer Alpha Solway. She came out top in a public vote to pick the winner from a strong shortlist at the Scottish Health Awards.
The seven finalists ranged from an acute medicine consultant in Glasgow to a student nurse in Forth valley and a care support team serving 23 inhabited islands. Every one of them has gone the extra mile to care for patients in the face of the extreme demands of the pandemic.
Inverclyde Royal Hospital's Renal Unit was the first in Scotland to suffer an outbreak of COVID-19 and several people contracted the virus, resulting in dangerously low staffing-levels. This left Dr Woo's 60 high-risk patients extremely vulnerable.
Reacting instantaneously to help save the lives of the people who depend on the clinic for dialysis three times a week, Dr Woo rapidly set up vital infection control measures to curb the spread of disease.
Working around the clock, she introduced the new protocols ahead of the publication of the official Government policy. She also felt it was important to address patients' mental wellbeing and combat low morale. So Dr Woo encouraged her team to re-introduce the hospital's creative arts programme which gave patients a space to engage in something creative and therapeutic throughout the pandemic.
Alpha Solway's People's Choice Award was set up this year specifically to recognise individual NHS professionals and teams who responded magnificently to the challenge of caring for people during the pandemic, while at the same time continuing to provide essential services and care.
Commenting on the award win, Dr Woo said: "I am totally overwhelmed and privileged to be voted as winner of the Alpha Solway People's Choice Award. Like everybody nominated for this prestigious award, my team and I have made personal sacrifices during the pandemic. This has involved keyworkers showing tremendous selflessness, dedication and wholehearted commitment to looking after patients in the NHS, residents in care homes, feeding the nation or manufacturing essential PPE - the list goes on."
Alpha Solway is part of the Globus Group which has over a 25-year history of producing PPE equipment for healthcare and industry.
Leonie Onslow, Account Director, Vane Percy & Roberts
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