Steve Lynch, senior health, safety and security manager,
nominated Martin Kirton, a member of our security team at
Darlington Memorial Hospital, for this year's Shining Star -
Non-Clinical award, saying,
"Martin responded to an incident on a ward, where a patient had
smashed a window and was threatening patients and staff with a two
foot shard of glass. Without hesitation, Martin stepped in
between the patient and staff and disarmed him, putting himself in
harm's way and giving staff vital time to move vulnerable
The patient involved was acting very much out of character as a
result of his condition and medication, which Martin realised was
possibly the case, handling the situation with great
Presenting Martin with his award, Sue Jacques, said, "You showed
such maturity, handling a terrifying situation calmly, impressive
in anyone but particularly in such a young man. This
award is always very hotly contested so you have done very well
indeed to win it.
"I would like to thank the whole security team for the
work you do. Staff have confidence in the team as a whole and
in the exceptional individuals within it who should all be very
proud of yourselves."
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital