A nurse from St Albans was told she had won an award for demonstrating fantastic patient care, while mid-climb up Mount Everest.
Public health nurse Paula Duppa-Miller, 60, who works with the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, was contacted to be told she had won the award, but did not answer as she was busy completing her ascent to base camp.
Paula said: “Going to Everest base camp had been on my bucket list for some time, postponed in May 2020 due to COVID-19. The experience has been life-changing; the trek surpassed all my expectations, and I would say to anyone who has a bucket list, plan and don’t put off what you would like to achieve.”
Paula won the award for being exceptionally caring and building close relationships with all the mothers she supports across Hertfordshire and West Essex, so they feel comfortable and empowered.
On the news of her award, Paula said: “To be honest, I was blown away by it. I had no idea my colleagues thought this way about the work I do with them; it’s very humbling. I heard that I had won the day after I had reached base camp. My colleague sent a WhatsApp photo of the certificate!
“Can you imagine that all the way up the top of Everest and you can get media messages? I can honestly say, it was the second thing that made me cry in 24 hours. I couldn’t have started my sixth century off in a better way.”
Photo credit: Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust