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ASALFORD Royal nurse has been short­listed for a pres­ti­gious na­tional award for help­ing a woman cope with the death of her twin sis­ter.

Me­lanie McDougall, be­reave­ment li­ai­son spe­cial­ist nurse lead, has been named as a fi­nal­ist in the Nurs­ing Stan­dard Awards 2015.

She was nom­i­nated for the ex­cep­tional sup­port given to the fam­ily dur­ing their be­reave­ment.

She is up against three oth­ers in the Pa­tient’s Choice cat­e­gory, and public vot­ing will close on April 29.

Tracy Mat­ti­son’s twin sis­ter passed away in Novem­ber 2013 and she nom­i­nated Me­lanie for the warm, inspiring and pro­fes­sional way she helped her through that dif­fi­cult time.

In the nom­i­na­tion sub­mis­sion, Tracy said: “I can never thank Me­lanie enough for what she has done for me; she was the dif­fer­ence be­tween me drown­ing in grief or find­ing the strength to go on.

“Me­lanie is too hum­ble to ac­cept thanks and so I think that nom­i­nat­ing her for this award will be a fit­ting way for me to ex­press my grat­i­tude for the dif­fer­ence she has made to my life.”

As a keep­sake, Me­lanie ar­ranged for Tracy to have a photo taken hold­ing her sis­ter’s hand and also en­cour­aged her to cre­ate a mem­ory book with her son.

Me­lanie, who joined the be­reave­ment ser­vice two years ago, said she was hum­bled to have been nom­i­nated but in­sists: “I was just do­ing my job.”

She added: “I am de­lighted but gen­uinely feel I did what I should be do­ing.

“For Tracy to share what a dif­fer­ence I may have made to her jour­ney is a mas­sive un­der­tak­ing on her be­half.

“Be­ing a twin, Tracy has al­ways been one of two. To walk along­side her in her grief has been a priv­i­lege; I know I gave her time and space to just be her­self and she trusted me. Re­ally she de­serves this for what she has been through.”

The Nurs­ing Stan­dard Awards iden­tify ex­cep­tional nurs­ing pro­fes­sion­als who demon­strate clin­i­cal ex­cel­lence and in­no­va­tion and who, through their ini­tia­tives and nurs­ing prac­tice, im­prove the qual­ity of pa­tient care.

To vote for Me­lanie, visit the web­site www. nursea­

Al­ter­na­tively, call 0845 6530195* and se­lect D or text NURSE fol­lowed by a space and the let­ter D to 81025 **

*Call costs vary ac­cord­ing to the caller’s net­work.

** Texts are charged at nor­mal net­work rates.

Be­reave­ment li­ai­son spe­cial­ist nurse lead Me­lanie McDougall pic­tured with Tracy Mat­ti­son, who lost her twin sis­ter

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