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London nurse wins award for IBD travel website

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A nurse has won an award for her innovative approach to helping patients with inflammatory bowel disease travel more easily.

IBD Passport is a non-profit evidence-based online travel resource to educate patients with IBD and the healthcare professionals who support them.

Kay Greveson, lead inflammatory bowel disease nurse specialist at the Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, was presented with a £2,000 prize at a ceremony in Liverpool on 22 June at a British Society of Gastroenterology conference.

The Dr Falk Pharma UK/Core Awards, now in their ninth year, are dedicated to encouraging research and promoting patient care in the field of gastroenterology and hepatology.

Ms Greveson said: “During my work as an IBD nurse, I found that patients were often not aware of where to obtain accurate advice to help them travel with IBD and they often received conflicting advice from their GP, travel and IBD clinic.

She said her site aimed to gather “accurate and reputable” evidence from guidelines, research, government publications and charities to provide “no-nonsense IBD-specific travel information”.

Ms Greveson added that the website has been live since 2014 and so far has had 24,000 visitors.

“Winning the Falk award means a great deal,” she said. “Not only is it recognition of the two years hard work it took me to develop the idea into a reality but it adds kudos and gives additional recognition to the IBD Passport project.”

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