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Stoma nurse wins award for second year running

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A specialist nurse from Peterborough has been recognised for her work for the second year in a row by a Stoma care charity.

Claire Lowther, a clinical nurse specialist who works for medical devices company Coloplast, has been named “nurse of the year” in the Ostomy Lifestyle Awards 2012.

Ostomy Lifestyle is a UK charity that provides support, advice and information to anyone affected by surgery on their bowel or bladder.

The charity asked patients to nominate candidates for their Nurse of the Year. Patients and healthcare professionals then voted on a shortlist.

The award is given to a nurse who gives outstanding individual attention, responds well to the needs of patients’ families, demonstrates professional excellence and furthers the field of stoma care.

Wendy Osborne, Ms Lowther’s manager at Coloplast, said: “A pivotal part of Claire’s job is to facilitate patients’ adjustment to life with a stoma, but she regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty.

“The trust and respect she builds with her patients is remarkable and they know that she is there for them every step of the way.

“Claire regularly attends the voluntary patient stoma support meetings where she is able to offer additional advice on any issues patients are having and provides on-going support.”

Ms Lowther said: “I’m touched that my patients think highly enough of me to put me forward for the award for the second time.

“For them to say ‘we still think you’re the best’ is the best credit a nurse could ask for.”

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