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Police staff rewarded for dedicated service

MAIDSTONE officers were among those recognised at Kent Police’s latest awards ceremony. Certificates of merit were

awarded to officers and control room staff whoworked tirelessly to save lives, went the extra mile to catch suspects and bring offenders to justice. The awardswere presented at the central response command awards ceremony at the Kent Police Train- ing School. PC Anita Chidwick was

awarded a certificate of merit after assisting with an incident in Maid- stone when she was off duty. In March 2013, PCChidwickwas driv- ing through Maidstone when she saw a man running in and out of traffic causing a danger to himself and motorists. She reported the in- cident and went to approach the man, but he ran off towards the town centre, hitting cars, walking on vehicles and assaulted a passing motorcyclist. PC Chidwick chased him until patrols arrived. When he was being arrested he became vio- lent and punched PC Chidwick in

Call handler Catherine Newton, PC John Risby and PC Anita Chidwick

the face. She remained calm and continued to help officers restrain the man. He was charged with ac- tual bodily harm, criminal damage, assault by beating and assaulting a constable. He was sentenced at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court to seven concurrent days in prison for each offence. PC John Risby was awarded a certificate of merit after using CPR and a defibrillator to treat a man who had collapsed in Maidstone in April 2013. PC Risby, who was off duty, stopped to assist others help- ing the man. South East Coast Am- bulance Service and the air ambulance arrived and PC Risby

continued to administer CPRwhilst theyworked on the man for 90 min- utes. Sadly, he later died. Call handler Catherine Newton

was awarded the certificate of merit after taking a call from someone re- porting a man making threats at a hotel in September 2012. The man was reportedly carrying a firearm. Catherine spoke to the caller for al- most two hours while armed offi- cers attended. She issued clear instructions to ensure they also stayed calm and safe. Catherine, who had been working as a call handler for about nine months, showed diligence and high-level call handling skills.

Police awards | News Quality mark

for hospital MAIDSTONE Hospital’s en- doscopy unit has earned national accreditation. The JAG (Joint Advisory Group

on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy) quality mark is held by just one in three of the country’sNHSand pri- vate units and recognises high stan- dards of patient care, safety, and professionalism. Maidstone Hospital redeveloped

its endoscopy unit after the Mid- Kent treatment centre closed two years ago. It is now a major referral centre, offering patients procedures such as camera checks of the lungs, diagnostic and palliative proce- dures for those with pancreatic can- cer and endoscopic ultrasound. The hospital’s consultant gas- troenterologist Dr Bijay Baburajan said: “With only 10% of units pass- ing their JAG accreditation visits first time, to have gained accredita- tion in such a short length of time is a fantastic recognition of the en- doscopy team’s hard work and dedication to provide high quality patient care.” JAG assessment reviews the clin-

ical standards of care, patient pri- vacy and dignity, and patient satisfaction. It also ensures high standards of nursing, clinical train- ing and governance.


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