National award for Cromer Hospital Matron
Cromer Hospital Matron Anita Martins has spoken of her pride after receiving a national award.
Anita was left without words when colleagues and Prof Nancy Fontaine, Chief Nurse, took her by surprise and handed her the Silver Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Award.
The CNO Awards have been developed to reward the significant and outstanding contribution made by nurses and midwives in England and their exceptional contribution to practice.
Anita has worked in Cromer since 1995 and has been a Matron for the past 13 years.
“I never thought I’d have won such as prestigious award, it makes me feel so proud. I love doing my job as every day presents new challenges and I can count on the help of great colleagues,” she said.
“During these years in Cromer I’ve been involved in many projects and saw the hospital developing. But, most importantly, the feedback from patients is excellent. They really appreciate the care they receive within our environment that, due to its relatively small size, is calm and helps developing interpersonal relationships quicker.”
Anita was nominated for the award by Julie Keeling, Senior Divisional Matron for Surgery.
The nomination said: “Anita is both committed and dedicated to patients and works tirelessly to ensure they receive the very best standards of care. In September 2021, a new cancer unit opened at Cromer Hospital, the North Norfolk Macmillan Centre.
“Anita has been instrumental in getting the project off the ground, along with the support of many colleagues. She worked with the Friends of Cromer Hospital to fundraise in her own time, outside of work.
“In December 2021, we were asked to support the national vaccine booster campaign and under Anita’s direction and leadership the nursing team delivered up to 1,300 vaccines within three weeks.
“She cancelled her leave during this period to support her colleagues and ensure the campaign ran smoothly and efficiently.”