Four Birmingham medics have been named Women of the Year for their heroic work saving the lives of British troops.
Specialist nurse Sergeant Lauren Odell who flies out to Afghanistan to accompany injured soldiers on their journeys home was honoured alongside her Queen Elizabeth Hospital colleagues, consultant nurse Debby Edwards, trauma sister Victoria Mulleady and occupational therapist Sarah Winters.
They share the team award with physiotherapist Kate Sherman, from Headley Court Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Surrey, and Surgeon Commander Sarah Stapley, from Portsmouth NHS Trust.
Baroness Helena Kennedy presented the medics with their Barclays Women of the Year award at a glitzy ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane yesterday afternoon.
She said: “These brilliant, professional and talented women represent the many more personnel who carry out such fantastic work at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and with our forces overseas.
“This year marks the tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan and Women of the Year sought to recognise the hard work, determination and outstanding medical achievements of women working in this most challenging of fields.”
RAF Sgt Odell is mainly based at Birmingham’s Royal Centre of Defence Medicine military ward.
She works alongside pain nurse Edwards, aged 42, from Cofton Hackett, 35-year-old trauma sister Mulleady, from Northfield and therapist Miss Winters, aged 38, from Solihull, from the rehabilitation team
Sgt Odell said: “Winning is a great honour and we are so touched to be recognised for the day-to-day job that we love.
“Our aim is to provide the best care possible for the military and civilian patients whom we treat.
“This award means so much, as it was truly unexpected.”
Miss Winters said: “It is a privilege. We all take great pride in the work that we do.”