Sharon Stewart, Matron at Euxton Hall Hospital has today been awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal (Associate).
The Royal Red Cross Medal is an award given to nurses who display extreme courage and devotion to the military as they fulfil their duties as military nurses. The Royal Red Cross Medal was first awarded to Florence Nightingale.
Sharon has returned to her role as a Matron after managing the wards at the busiest emergency unit in the world at Camp Bastion in Hellmand Province Afghanistan.
During her tour of Afghanistan she treated gunshot wounds, blast injuries, amputations, burns and fragment injuries. The hospital cared for UK soldiers, US soldiers, Contractors, Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and local people including children.
During her recent tour she introduced the first audio patient information leaflet in Pashto to help patients understand how they were going to be cared for and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
Her success as both a Matron and member of the Territorial Army provides an excellent example of how people in the independent sector are willing to use their leadership and clinical skills to improve patient care in the wider community.
Sharon was also recently recognised by her colleagues for her “Outstanding Contribution” after 20 years service at both Ramsay Health Care and the Territorial Army.