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Nursing staff at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust have been shortlisted for two prestigious awards.

The Infection Prevention team have been shortlisted for the Infection Prevention and Control award for their work on improving patient hand hygiene before meals and how this could stop the spread of infections. The team worked with colleagues both inside the hospital and in the community too.

Infection Prevention Lead Nurse, June Ayre said, “We’re so pleased of both our work on reducing infections at mealtimes for patients and being shortlisted for a Nursing Times award. We always work hard to ensure that we try innovative new techniques to prevent the spread of infections.”

End of Life Care Facilitator, Audrey Coakley, has been shortlisted for the Nurse of the Year award for her work within Palliative Care always ensuring patients, staff and their loved ones are supported during their end of life care.

Audrey was nominated for the award by her colleagues for the support that she gives to team in the hospital in dealing with difficult and important conversations as well as supporting end of life patients with their last wishes.

Audrey said: “I’m proud to be part of a team that provides such vital support to patients at the end of their life. It’s an area that is often overlooked, but it is a very important part of the care we offer to patients and families.

Director of Nursing, Daljit Athwal said: “We are extremely proud of both the infection prevention control team and Audrey for being shortlisted for the Nursing Times awards. Their efforts reflect the fantastic quality of nursing at George Eliot Hospital and we wish them both well for the final ceremony.”

The winners of the 29th Nursing Times Awards will be announced at a glittering ceremony held in London at the Grosvenor Hotel on Wednesday 30 October.

Photographs above feature the Infection Prevention Team on the Left and Audrey Coakley Right.

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