Hero porter shortlisted for national award

A HAMPSHIRE Hospitals porter has been shortlisted for a national award after saving a colleague’s life.

Wednesday 27 December 2017


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Daniel Spacagna and John Bauldry outside Royal Hampshire County Hospital


Daniel Spacagna, whose job as a porter is to move patients and vital equipment around Royal Hampshire County Hospital, took control of the situation when fellow porter John Bauldry suffered a cardiac arrest in the team’s staff room, instructing another of his colleagues to put in an emergency call before performing CPR on his stricken friend.

Daniel’s quick thinking and CPR technique kept John alive during the time it took for the emergency medical team to arrive on the scene. After a defibrillator was used to restart his heart, John made a full recovery and is now back at work.

Alan Kemp, portering and security lead at Winchester hospital, which is run by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, nominated Daniel for the Life Saver Award in the national Unsung Hero Awards 2018. The awards recognise the efforts of non-clinical healthcare staff and volunteers. Daniel has been shortlisted and will find out whether he has won during a ceremony taking place in Manchester at the end of February.

Daniel said: “It feels fantastic to have been shortlisted for this award and I’d like to say a big thank you to Alan Kemp for nominating me. It would be amazing to win, but it’s an honour just to have been shortlisted and I’m looking forward to the ceremony.

“When I think about what I was able to do for John, it really makes me proud. We come to work to make a difference and care for patients and I really did make a difference that day.

“I’ve done quite a few first aid courses, but fortunately I’d been on one through work about four weeks before the incident, so it was really fresh in my mind. It just shows how important doing first aid courses can be. You never know when you are going to need to use the skills you learn on them.”