Jo-anne’s heroics win her a DBH Star award


An employee of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals has been named Star of the Month for June after she helped an injured lady following a road accident.

Jo-anne Holmes, a recruitment administrator at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, was travelling to the Minor Injuries Unit at Montagu Hospital with a swollen leg after falling off a stepladder at home. During the journey, Jo-anne jumped into action to help Kath Lightfoot, a fellow passenger, who was injured when the bus was forced to break to avoid another car.

Jo-anne, being trained as a Healthcare Assistant, knew what to do straight away. She asked Mrs Lightfoot if she had any pain or if she felt dizzy and called to secure a wheelchair at the hospital. Jo-anne stayed and chatted with Mrs Lightfoot to keep her awake until an ambulance arrived to take her to the Emergency Department at Doncaster.

She travelled with Kath in the ambulance and informed her husband of the incident.

Mike Rhodes, Commercial General Manager at the Trust, who nominated Jo-anne for the award said: “I nominated Jo-anne in recognition of her care for this lady whilst off duty. The compassion she showed on that day is really inspiring and an example to us all.”

After being presented with her award, Jo-anne said: “This is such a shock, I didn’t expect to be nominated. Kath had sent me flowers and chocolates to thank me for staying with her and I cried when they were delivered. Thankfully, I knew what to do because of my training as a healthcare assistant, although it’s the first time I have ever had to use it in practice.

“Whilst I was chatting with her to keep her awake, Kath had mentioned the writing club she goes to and the book she had written. I have since bought and read the book and it’s fantastic so I would like to thank her for the read.”

Kath was treated in the Emergency Department at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and has since made a full recovery.

Jo-anne was chosen as June’s Star of the Month by a panel of staff and managers from all the nominated entries and received a certificate and a shopping voucher from Dawn Jarvis, Director of People & Organisational Development.

DBH Stars is Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s STaff Awards & Recognition Scheme.

Any member of staff employed by the Trust can nominate colleagues who deserve recognition for the exceptional work that they do.