St Albans amputee nominates her physiotherapists for care award

Chairman Prof Steve Barnett, Gillian Winkworth and Bren Bream with their certificates. Photo: West H

Chairman Prof Steve Barnett, Gillian Winkworth and Bren Bream with their certificates. Photo: West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust - Credit: Archant

A St Albans woman, who had her leg amputated last year, has seen her physiotherapists receive a care award.

Elizabeth Langton, 50, nominated Gillian Winkworth and Ben Bream for their treatment following the loss of her leg last September.

She said: “My life changed when I had my leg amputated. It was sudden and a real shock, and I had little time to come to terms with it.”

The day after Elizabeth lost the leg to a blood clot, Gillian met with her to help get her back on her feet.

What followed was an extensive period of recuperation, with both of them ensuring Elizabeth kept a positive outlook on life.

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Elizabeth said: “Without the support of Gillian and Ben, my recuperation and recovery would have been long and difficult.

“I really want to take this opportunity to thank them, and the whole of the physiotherapy department.

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“They are often overlooked, and have given me drive, determination, positivity, and more importantly, a good outlook for the future.

“Thank you just does not say enough.”

She nominated Gillian and Ben for a care award at the annual staff awards, which they won.

They said: “Our job is to see patients who have had an amputation as soon as possible following surgery.

“She was very motivated and keen to learn new techniques and challenges, which kept us on our toes.

“She is one of the most positive people we have ever met, and she even started encouraging the other amputee patients.”

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