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Tina is people’s choice for top award

Date published: 15 July 2014

A SPECIALIST bowel disease nurse from the Royal Oldham Hospital has scooped the prestigious Patients’ Choice award at an annual event.

Tina Law, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) specialist nurse, was voted for by the public to receive the prize at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s staff awards event.

Ms Law, who works in gastroenterology across the trust’s four hospitals — The Royal Oldham, Fairfield General in Bury, North Manchester General and Rochdale Infirmary — was nominated by four members of the public.

She said: “I feel very honoured to win the Patients’ Choice award.

“My role as a specialist nurse puts me in a very privileged position; working with and getting to know patients throughout their journey with their chronic disease.

“We work together to improve and maintain their health, and offer support when treatment doesn’t go as planned.

“To be recognised by the patients for doing a job I love is fantastic.”

She added that, as the only IBD nurse in the trust, she wouldn’t be able to do her job without the support of the doctors, nurses and management, including the gastroenterology nursing team secretary Janice Lawton.

Ms Law was presented with the award by Olympic rower and endurance adventurer James Cracknell OBE at the ceremony.

Other winners on the night included a team of healthcare assistants and healthcare workers from the children’s ward at The Royal Oldham Hospital who took home the Support Function Team of the Year award.

The breast care clinical nurse specialist (CNS) team, which works across all of the trust’s hospitals, including at The Royal Oldham’s breast care unit, won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Patient Care.

Dr David Weir, consultant in respiratory and general medicine, and Sister Adele West, from the diabetes centre, both based at North Manchester General Hospital, won Hospital Doctor of the Year and Nurse of the Year respectively.


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