Beacon deputy charge nurse, Belly Timtim, wins Employee of the Month

Monday August 3, 2020

Deputy charge Nurse, Belly Timtim, won Employee of the Month for May, following a heartfelt nomination by a patient’s relative. Belly went “above and beyond” they said to bring comfort to their parents in their final days. Pat and Ron Wood died within days of each other after both being admitted to Worthing Hospital with Covid-19.

Belly heard how the childhood sweethearts had been married for 71 years and so he ensured they stayed together on the ward, holding hands until the end. “Belly was kind, compassionate and very caring of my mum and dad,” said the loving couple’s daughter.

“He enabled them to be together, side by side, in a separate room holding hands in their last few days together. “He listened to what we had to say about my parents and I felt he really understood, had empathy and wanted to make a difference.”

The heartfelt nomination was endorsed by matron Pauline Cheeseman, who said: “This is such a lovely story of how in extreme circumstances Belly demonstrated care and compassion to enable the family to have a positive memory of the passing of their loved ones.”

Belly was presented with his winning certificate on Wednesday by head of nursing Julie Thomas. Belly said: “It is really humbling to be nominated. It was a privilege to take care of the couple. I am just doing my job the best that I can and to receive recognition is a very humbling experience. The team I work with on Beacon and Barrow Wards all deserve this award too. This is for all of us.”

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