Sunderland hospice ‘angel’ nominated for health award

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COMPASSIONATE nurse Maureen Wilson was today praised as the angel who helps people in their darkest hour.

The St. Benedict’s Hospice nurse, who has provided specialist palliative care for 11 years, has been nominated for a Sunderland Echo Best of Health award.

In a moving nomination, one grateful member of the Wearside public praised Maureen as “our St. Benedict’s Angel.”

They described how Maureen had supported them “in the most calm, gentle and caring way.”

After hearing of her nomination, Maureen said: “People are so kind. I feel a bit overwhelmed really.

“I work as part of a team from the hospice which is a very supportive environment.”

The nomination for her described how Maureen had been a real support through the “rocky road of diagnosis, medication, treatments, appointments - a very tough time for patients and their families. “She’s collected prescriptions, liaised with ward staff to ease a hospital admission, arranged GP appointments in a crisis, is always willing to listen and talk through any concerns and fears. Maureen is always aware of the needs of patients and carers and ready to offer advice and support. She is a shining light in what can be a very dark place for patients and carers alike.”

And for Maureen herself, the biggest satisfaction of her work came from “helping to make a difference to people’s lives.

“Sometimes you can’t make them better. If you do, that’s great. But if I can’t make them better, I hope I can make a difference for them.”

The Best of Health awards have already had some impressive entries but we want even more.

So whether it’s your favourite GP, an outstanding nurse or a popular carer, there’s a category for all parts of our health profession. All entries must be received by March 20.

After that, a panel of judges will meet to narrow down the field. They will draw up a shortlist in each of our categories. And all those who make it to the shortlist will be invited to the finals at the Stadium of Light on April 16.

Enter online at http://www.jpne-events.co.uk/best-of-health/