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Trainee biomedical scientist shortlisted for prestigious national award

A trainee biomedical scientist from The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Donna Morris is one of three finalists to be shortlisted for the Advancing Healthcare Awards in the category of the NHS Employers Award for Outstanding Achievement by an allied health professional, healthcare science apprentice, support worker or technician.

Donna Morris, who joined PAHT in 2012, said: “I am honoured to be nominated and shortlisted for this award.

“As a trainee biomedical scientist, I support with carrying out a range of laboratory and scientific tests to support the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.


“I received my nomination for the support I gave the pathology team during the first wave of coronavirus (COVID-19). I carried out thorough validation checks for COVID-19 tests using specialist machines. Since the first wave, I have continued to investigate results thoroughly and provide training to my colleagues.

“The nomination and recognition means a great deal to me – we have worked so closely as a team throughout the pandemic to ensure an efficient service for our patients and colleagues at all times.”

Sharon McNally, director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals at PAHT said: “A huge congratulations to Donna on receiving her nomination and being shortlisted for the final. This a true reflection of her hard work and dedication.


“Our fantastic pathology teams are often a hidden service; however they play a vital role in the smooth running of the hospital.

“We are extremely proud to see Donna acknowledged for her commitment to making a difference for her patients and colleagues. We wish Donna every success at the virtual awards ceremony on Friday 21 May.”

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.