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Stoma care nurses win special patient award

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The stoma care department at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust in London has received a special award for its dedication and support to its patients.

The Purple Iris Award is awarded by the Colostomy Association and recognises teams that provide outstanding stoma care and exemplary service to their patients. It is voted for by patients and their families.

The St George’s team includes Caroline Rudoni, senior clinical nurse specialist in stoma care, and Heather Dennis and Claire Gough, both clinical nurse specialists in stoma care.

They were presented with the award at a Colostomy Association patient open day in July.

The patient who nominated the team for the award said “nothing is too difficult for them”.

“They are so helpful in getting the right appliance for you and are always available if you have queries,” the award nominee said.

“I not only have a urostomy but a colostomy also. I think I could have given up but for their patience and concern and help. I could not say enough to thank them for everything.”

Ms Rudoni said: “We are thrilled to receive this award. What makes it even more special is that our patients nominated us for it and we would like to extend our thanks to all our patients who are our absolute passion.

She added: “It is wonderful to be recognised for our work.”

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