BARNSLEY Hospital’s Ward 20 has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award after a man got in touch with the Chronicle to praise the compassionate care he received from staff.

Keith Iveson stayed in Ward 20 for five days after suffering from a fall.

He said: “I’d like to thank all the caring and devoted staff of Ward 20 in Barnsley Hospital for their loving care and attention they paid to me whilst I was in there.

“They work long and onerous hours for what I can only imagine is little pay.”

Last year the ward was praised after they arranged for a patient’s beloved dog to visit - despite rules not allowing pets to visit.

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The patient, John Baker, also known as Jack, suffered from a stroke and was admitted to the unit, and during his final days was allowed to see his beloved dachshund one last time.

Donna Hopkins, lead nurse for Ward 20, said: “I am extremely proud that we have been nominated for the second year running for a Proud of Barnsley award.

“All of the team on Ward 20 from the hostess service right up, work tirelessly to provide excellent patient centred care for all of our patients at often the most difficult time in their life.

“I am honoured that this gentleman has taken the time to nominate us all and the recognition this gives us.”