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Colorectal nurses win national award for cancer work

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Three colorectal nurses have won a national award after being nominated by patients and voted for by their peers.

Colorectal clinical nurse specialists Tracy Naughton, Candy Coombe and Clare Ferris have won national awards for their work with bowel cancer patients.

“They are inspirational role models for all those who work with cancer patients”

Mark Flannagan

Ms Naughton works for Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust, while Ms Coombe and Ms Ferris, who won a joint award, work at the Royal Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust.

The Gary Logue Colorectal Nurse Awards were established by the charity Beating Bowel Cancer in memory of one of its specialist nurse advisors, who died in 2014. They are intended to recognise nurses making a big difference to the lives of their bowel cancer patients.

The nurses were presented with their awards by Gary Logue’s partner, Cristian Leon, at the National Colorectal Cancer Nurse Network Conference on 12th September.

Their award also included £500 bursary towards their professional development.

Ms Naughton said: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to win this award. I worked with Gary for many years at Lewisham Hospital and he was a great friend. Winning an award presented in his name is like bringing him home.

“It’s even more moving that patients and their families took time out from all they are having to deal with due to this awful disease to nominate me,” she said. “It means so much and I feel very blessed.”

Meanwhile, Ms Ferris said: “[Gary] was a lovely man so I’m thrilled to bits to win the award, especially as it followed nominations from patients, as this is what the job is all about.”

Beating Bowel Cancer

Colorectal nurses win national award for cancer work

Mark Flannagan

Ms Coombe added: “To win something like this alongside Clare, who has been a colorectal nurse specialist for many years, made me feel very honoured.”

Mark Flannagan, chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said the dedication of the three nurses to their work and their willingness to go the extra mile for their patients was “inspiring”.

“We wanted to say thank you to them for all the fantastic work they do to make lives better for bowel cancer patients and their families,” he said.

“They are inspirational role models for all those who work with cancer patients and they richly deserve this recognition,” he added.

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