Nurse “shocked” at award nomination

MacMillan Nurse Lynn Stronach has been nominated in the Community Nurse Of The Year award category. She is pictured here in the gardens of St Benedict's Hospice in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland.

MacMillan Nurse Lynn Stronach has been nominated in the Community Nurse Of The Year award category. She is pictured here in the gardens of St Benedict's Hospice in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland.

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CARING nurse Lynn Stronach admits she is “shocked” to be nominated in the Echo’s Best of Health Awards.

Macmillan nurse Lynn, 47, provides care for patients with terminal cancer as well as other illnesses at St Benedict’s Hospice, in Monkwearmouth.

Those nominating her say Lynn, who is employed by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, always does her often difficult job “with a smile on her face”, and makes herself available to support people whenever it is needed.

Lynn, who is from Hetton and has been in nursing for the past 28 years, said: “I’m shocked I’ve been nominated to be honest.

“I work with some wonderful people who have had some very difficult experiences.

“We give advice and support on symptoms and also provide emotional and psychological help.”

“Part of my job is also looking at whether patients have any wishes they would like to fulfill before they die.”

Other sponsors are now on board ahead of the awards evening on Thursday, March 15.

Bev Atkinson, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s acting executive director of Nursing and Patient Safety, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Sunderland Echo’s Best of Health Awards, which recognise the excellence of the work which healthcare workers do locally every day.

“Our community health staff working in Sunderland, including district nurses and health visitors and those in specialist areas such as palliative care at St Benedict’s Hospice, do a fantastic job and it’s great for them to have this opportunity to be honoured in such a special way.”

She added: “Our community staff in Sunderland are constantly looking at providing health services and healthcare in better and different ways so we are very happy to be supporting the Sunderland Echo’s Best of Health Awards which offer an opportunity for the hard work that they and their colleagues in other health organisations in Sunderland do on a day-to-day basis to be recognised.

“The commitment and professionalism of healthcare workers in Sunderland is tremendous so it’s fitting that the Sunderland Echo’s Best of Health Awards recognise that dedication.

“I’m very proud indeed of our own community staff – from health visitors, district nurses and school nurses to those working in the local Primary Care Centres – and I look forward to seeing their energy and enthusiasm rewarded in this way.”

To nominate someone for a Best of Health Award go to www.sunderlandecho.com/community/events-exhibitions

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