Community Heart Failure Clinical Nurse Specialist, Georgina Newnham, has won a prestigious National Award for her outstanding patient care.
Georgina, who works at St. Mary’s Hospital, was recently nominated to receive a ‘You’re Simply Marvellous’ award by heart failure patient, Dana Edkins.
The ‘You’re Simply Marvellous’ award was 1 of 5 awards given by the UK’s Heart Failure Charity, The Pumping Marvellous Foundation.
Dana Edkins commented:
“Georgina has been so supportive to myself and others on the Island. She has set up a heart failure support group for patients and always goes that extra mile for her patients because she is so dedicated and passionate on making a difference.
“She has helped me fundraise and also fundraised herself for various charities and having Georgina in my life has made such a difference. She reassures me every time I see her and reduces my anxiety as well as answer every question I ask her in the best way I will understand. I honestly don’t know where I would be without her in my life helping me through it all.”
On receiving the award, Georgina said:
“’I am very humbled to be nominated and awarded this award by one of my heart failure patients. Nationwide heart failure nurses make such a huge impact on our patients lives and I am very proud to be part of a ‘big’ team. On the Island, whilst we are a very small team, we all are passionate and dedicated to making a difference to our patients.”
Georgina and the Community Heart Failure team provide individual advice and support for patients diagnosed with heart failure. Their overall aim is to improve quality of life by providing relevant information, education and support so that patients can understand their symptoms and know what action to take. Offering evidence-based medications to ensure patients are taking the right tablets and the right dose; the heart can be assisted by a range of medications that help to control and improve symptoms and increase life expectancy, and specialist monitoring and review; effectively linking with other healthcare services.