A WORKER at Cirencester Hospital has been nominated for a Pride of the Cotswolds award.

Rhondda May, who has been a healthcare assistant there for 33 years, is up for the Health Carer Award.

She has been nominated for being ‘a truly exceptional caring lady full of empathy and love’.

This is not the first time Rhondda has been recognised for her work, last year she was shortlisted for an NHS 70 Award.

Reacting to the news Rhondda, who works on the Coln Ward, said: “To get another nomination is quite touching.

“It just makes you feel that you are doing a good job.”

Rhondda is a mentor and trains new staff on the moving and handling of patients.

“It’s rewarding, I love it. No day is the same. I love every part of my job,” said Rhondda.

“Patients come in and sometimes they are scared. We sit with them and speak with them.

“It’s not only the patients we look after, we get to know the relatives.

“We are all supportive of each other. I have worked worked with so many people over the years. We are like a big family.

“My husband always says to me ‘I have never known someone as happy to go to work in the morning’.

“There’s nothing that I don’t like about my job.”

Know someone who deserves a Pride of the Cotswolds award? Nominations are open through the website.