Jennifer Ladd – a retired Emergency Nurse Practitioner from Cardigan Hospital’s Minor Injury Unit (MIU) – has been awarded the British Empire Medal. The medal was presented by Miss Sara Edwards, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed on 30 May 2019.
Mrs Ladd was awarded the medal for her dedication to improving patient care and safety in her community. It was also awarded for mentoring students and ensuring the success of the only community nurse-led MIU in the Hywel Dda University Health Board. Mrs Ladd retired in September 2018.
She is influencing the plans for the new Integrated Care Centre in Cardigan. The plan is to build on the existing service and include extended hours.
Eifion Evans is Ceredigion County Council’s Chief Executive. He said, “Mrs Ladd has worked tirelessly in her community for years. She led the MIU in Cardigan Hospital for 10 years and has played a vital role in providing essential first line care to a rural part of west Wales. She is fully deserving of the Medal.
Mrs Ladd said, “It was a real honour for me to receive this award and to see that the effort we put into maintaining and developing the Minor Injury Unit has been recognised. I look forward to seeing the new Cardigan Integrated Care Centre open with the Minor Injury Unit playing a key role in the services being provided there.”
The British Empire Medal rewards a sustained, local contribution or innovative, high-impact work.