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Nurse wins award for 'going extra mile' on GUM

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A Surrey nurse has become the surprise recipient of a £1,000 prize in recognition of her work in sexual health.

Sister Jenny Evans, from the Blanche Herriot Unit at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, has won the Genito-Urinary Nurses Association (GUNA) first ever Nurse of the Year award.

The association ran the competition to search for nurses who had ‘gone that extra mile to help increase the level of sexual health nursing that they provide’.

Ms Evans, whose application was nominated by colleagues without her knowledge, said she was ‘surprised, flattered and overwhelmed by the accolade’.

Her application was submitted in recognition of the 20 years of service she has contributed to sexual health. Ms Evans, though due to retire at the end of the year, is currently putting together a case for a senior nurse post to oversee and co-ordinate all HIV patients in her department.

Justin Gaffney, chairperson of GUNA, said: ‘Jenny is exactly the type of Nurse we created this award to recognise. Someone who is dedicated to putting the needs of patients first and providing excellent patient-focused sexual health care.’

Rita Abigail O Ahamiojie, a chlamydia screening nurse with Newham PCT, was the runner up.

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