Health: Derry healthcare facilities recognised at Best Kept Health & Social Care Facility Awards

The Renal Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry was awarded runner up in the Best Kept Healthcare Facility category in the Western Trust area at the 2014 Best Kept Health and Social Care Facility Awards. 'Pictured (l-r): Joe Lusby, Deputy Chief Executive of the Western Trust, Doreen Muskett MBE, Chair of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, Dalton Kehoe, Community Volunteer, John Donnelly, Chair of the Altnagelvin Renal Support Group and the Health Minister Edwin Poots.

The Renal Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry was awarded runner up in the Best Kept Healthcare Facility category in the Western Trust area at the 2014 Best Kept Health and Social Care Facility Awards. 'Pictured (l-r): Joe Lusby, Deputy Chief Executive of the Western Trust, Doreen Muskett MBE, Chair of the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, Dalton Kehoe, Community Volunteer, John Donnelly, Chair of the Altnagelvin Renal Support Group and the Health Minister Edwin Poots.

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Two Derry-based healthcare facilities have been recognised for their environmental efforts at the 2014 Best Kept Health and Social Care Facility awards at a ceremony on 16th September.

Sow & Grow was the runner up in the Best Kept Daycare Facility category while the Renal Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital was the runner up in the Best Kept Healthcare Facility category in the Western Health and Social Care Trust area.

The prestigious competition, which is run by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC), attracted almost 100 entries. A panel of judges inspected each facility for general tidiness, cleanliness and evidence of environmental improvements.

The results were announced at a ceremony at Clady Villa, Knockbracken Health Park, with a winner and runner up chosen in each health trust area in three categories; Best Kept Residential, Best Kept Daycare and Best Kept Healthcare Facility.

Chair of the NIAC, Doreen Muskett MBE said: “I must congratulate all of our finalists for their superb environmental efforts.

“I am delighted to say that we received quite a number of new entries this year, with some of these taking home awards. The standard was incredibly high so each and every one of our finalists should be very proud of their achievements.

“Their enthusiasm is inspiring and it creates benefits on so many levels. There’s no doubt in my mind that an aesthetically pleasing environment can have a huge impact on the health and well being of residents and visitors alike; it really lifts the spirits,” added Ms Muskett.

Speaking at the event, Health Minister Edwin Poots said: “I extend my warmest congratulations to all the finalists in this year’s Best Kept Health and Social Care Facility Awards. They are to be commended for their commitment to the enhancement of indoor and outdoor environments.

“A well-cared for environment makes a real difference to the well-being of service users, which is so important in a health and social care setting. These awards highlight the hard work of Health and Social Care teams, along with their clients, as it is very often a joint effort, and their commitment to making the very best of their shared surroundings.”