NUH Staff Member has bus Named After him Following Award Win

6 months ago Fri 15th Dec 2023

Ernesto with his named NCT bus

Ernesto Marongiu, Ward Caterer at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) won a special extra prize of having a double decker bus named after him - following his success at this year’s annual NUH staff awards.

Bus operator, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) offered the prize of naming a yellow double decker bus after a member of staff, following their sponsorship of the Team NUH awards and ceremony, which took place in October.

Ernesto won the Trust Award for always having a positive attitude and uplifting presence. He deals with patients with very complex needs with great understanding and approaches everyone with compassion and without judgement.

In his nomination, he was described as being “encouraging, supporting patients to make their own food choices, and is kind, caring and passionate about his work. He asks appropriate questions around care, supports the rehabilitation of patients and encourages patient interaction. He has a significant and positive impact on both patients and staff and always brightens everyone's day. He is an example of how any role can have a trusting and positive impact on a patient's experience while in hospital.”

The unveiling of the bus took place on Friday 15 December at 10.30am at the City Hospital. The bus will run along the Yellow Line route for NCT which operates between Bulwell, Sherwood Rise (where Ernesto lives) and the City Centre.

Ernesto said: “I am so happy with this bus. My family are so happy for me and want me to take loads of pictures to send back to them in Italy. I can't wait for the first day I catch this bus to work!”

Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Head of Marketing and Projects said, “We are delighted to name one of our buses after Ernesto, to recognise his dedication, commitment and care when helping patients, which saw him win the Trust Award at the NUH Annual Awards earlier this year. Ernesto joins an exclusive club of local heroes who make a huge difference to the people of our city by having an NCT bus proudly display his name”.