Staff have stars in their eyes

Dawn and Jennifer with their award.
Dawn and Jennifer with their award.

Two north east health workers have been seen in a new light after they were identified as being the apple of Healthwatch Newcastle’s eyes.

Jennifer Bedale from Seghill and Dawn Rafferty from Durham, are both Eye Clinic Liaison Officers based at Newcastle’s RVI hospital and were nominated by a patient.

Jennifer was delighted that they had been selected as one of Healthwatch Newcastle’s Stars.

“We’re really pleased that Healthwatch Newcastle has identified us as one of their Stars,” she said.

“It’s nice to be recognised for what we do and we value our role both within the clinical environment and as a signposted service from Healthwatch Newcastle.”

Sharon Gardner, area operations manager for Action for Blind People, said: “This vital early intervention service is not available at all hospitals due to funding.

“This recognition from Healthwatch Newcastle is fantastic, especially as the nomination came from a patient who used the service’. To nominate a person or a service, complete the ‘Nominate a Star’ online form at