On 15th April, Sister Paulette Gardner's quick thinking saved the life of colleague, Nurse Paul Stokes (pictured, below, on holiday in America last year).
Paul is currently on the road to recovery after becoming suddenly unwell after arriving at work.
Paul's wife, Linda, wrote in to the Trust to thank Ward 6AB's Paulette, who was on duty at the time at Calderdale Royal Hospital. She writes: “Her recognition, skills and immediate response saved his life. Within ten minutes of arriving on the ward, Paulette assessed and acted on his symptoms.
“Paulette, without a doubt, saved his life. To myself and my family she is a true ‘unsung hero’.
Paulette, who retires tomorrow after a 35-year career at the Trust, said: "I'm a bit overwhelmed to be receiving all this attention - it's so lovely.
"Paul recently joined the ward, but I've known him for years, as he's been around a long time, like me. As soon as he came in, I knew he wasn't well. You just know by looking at somebody and I was really concerned.
"I ran to get a wheelchair and ran straight round to A&E - I think it must have been a hairy ride for Paul with me at the wheel!
"I just want him to be OK. I'm humbled by Linda's thanks and I just think I did what anybody would do in that situation. I would do the same for anybody.
"I retire on May 3 after 35 years at the Trust, so I suppose going out with a bit of a bang is a good thing!"
Paulette has plans to move to the East Coast soon to enjoy her retirement. We wish you well, Paulette, and a swift recovery to Paul!