A specialist stoma care nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has won a research award for her efforts to improve patient care and reduce time spent in hospital.
Diane Leach, who works in the urology department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, gained the £500 award for her team from the Association of Stoma Care Nurses UK, supported by the Urostomy Association.
“I realised there was no reason it couldn’t be done sooner with no complications”
It recognises her research into the removal of stents from patients following a urostomy – an operation to create a stoma after bladder surgery.
Usually stents are removed about a fortnight after surgery with patients returning to hospital for the procedure.
However, Ms Leach’s work has shown that in many cases stents could be removed more quickly and patients assessed on the ward, with no need to come back in.
Royal Hallamshire Hospital
“At the moment stents usually stay in for a standard period of 10 days,” noted Ms Leach, who was also joint runner up in the Stoma Care Nurse of the Year Award.
“When I looked into it I realised there was no reason it couldn’t be done sooner with no complications if the patients is medically well,” she said. “This helps reduce length of stay and improves hospital efficiency and means patients don’t have to travel back to hospital to have stents removed.”
She presented her findings to a national conference earlier this year and is now working with consultants to develop her work further.
“Diane has done some fantastic work and we are very proud of her achievement,” said Gill Meek, the trust’s nurse director for surgical services.