Rachel Perry, Physiotherapist at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded a British Empire Medal by The Queen, for her service to the NHS during COVID-19.
Rachel was nominated by a patient who was cared for by her when Rachel and her physiotherapy colleagues were redeployed in early 2020, to support with non-invasive ventilation for patients on Kingston Hospital’s high dependency unit.
Rachel was recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2022, published in June to mark the contributions and service of people across the United Kingdom.
Chief Executive, Jo Farrar, said: “During the pandemic so many colleagues came forward to be redeployed to different areas, at times putting their own health and wellbeing at risk. It is wonderful that Rachel’s outstanding efforts have been recognised and she should be really proud of this achievement. Congratulations, Rachel.”
Rachel commented: “I feel honoured to have been awarded a British Empire Medal. It’s lovely to have been nominated by a patient and to know that I had such an impact during their time in hospital.
“I’m really proud to have been part of the Physiotherapy and Kingston Hospital team during the pandemic – none of this would have been possible if we didn’t have such an amazing and supportive team. Everyone across the hospital worked really hard during the pandemic and I feel that this award is for all of us.”