Volunteers at Whipps Cross Hospital have been given an award for their work supporting patients about to have knee and hip replacement operations.
Barts Health, the trust which runs the Leytonstone site, gave the accolade to the Joint Information Group (JIG) as part of its new 'Health Heroes' awards.
Members of JIG use their own experiences to give advice and encouragement to patients about what to expect both before and after their specialist surgery.
They won in the “achieving ambitious results by working together” category after being nominated by Geraldine Cunningham, Associate Director of Culture Change at Barts Health.
She said: “The Joint Information Group is run by a group of inspiring volunteers who have themselves undergone orthopedic surgery.
"JIG was set up in 2006 after it was felt that patients would find it helpful to talk both before and afterwards to other people who had undergone similar surgery."
She added: “The volunteers participate with staff to run clinics and visit the wards to support staff and encourage patients on their recovery.
“Recently one of the JIG group members who was a patient on one of the orthopedic wards at Whipps Cross University Hospital kept a diary throughout his stay of what he thought could be improved.
“As a result of his excellent feedback the hospital introduced a daily schedule for patients and a large clock in each bay so that patients knew what the time of day was.
“I nominated the group for the award because I believe they deserve recognition for the incredibly serious work they do and the long hours they put in.”
The chair of JIG, Pat Howie, 63, from Waltham Cross said: “We were incredibly happy to receive the award.
"We were shocked and surprised that we won as there so many good and worthwhile nominations put forward.”
The group are always looking for new volunteers who have had joint or hip replacements at Whipps Cross. Call Berty Letimier on 020 8539 5522 for more information.