Patients and healthcare professionals working in stoma care have voted clinical nurse specialist, Claire Lowther, nurse of the year.
Every year Ostomy Lifestyle, a UK charity which provides support, advice and information to anyone affected by surgery on their bowel or bladder, asks patients to nominate their nurse of the year.
This year the award went to Ms Lowther who works for medical devices company Coloplast.
Wendy Osborne, Ms Lowther’s manager, said: “The award called for a nurse who gives individual attention to her patients, who responds well to the needs of patients and their families, who is pro-active in their field of expertise and shows professional excellence at all time. Claire meets all of these and goes above and beyond the call of duty.
“Part of Claire’s job is to help patients adjust to life with a stoma. She builds relationships with her patients and they know that she is there for them every step of the way. Claire voluntarily attends stoma support meetings to offer advice on any issues patients are having and provides on-going support.
“Claire’s knowledge is such that she is working with other nurses to establish guidelines of professional excellence in stoma care.”
Ms Lowther, who has spent the past 10 years supporting people with a stoma, said: “Winning the award was amazing. To have patients say ‘we think you’re the best’ is fantastic, it’s the best credit a nurse could ask for.”