Nurse given award by tele­vi­sion star

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A DUNDEE can­cer nurse has been g i v e n a n a wa r d b y tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Vic­to­ria Der­byshire.

Les­ley Tay­lor, who works as an ad­vanced spe­cial­ist nurse in on­col­ogy was given the Macmil­lan Ex­cel­lence Award in Ser­vice De­vel­op­ment at the Na­tional Macmil­lan Pro­fes­sion­als Con­fer­ence and An­nual Award Cer­e­mony.

She was nom­i­nated for mak­ing pa­tient fol­low-up care more ac­ces­si­ble in the re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment of The Cres­cent in Whit­field, rather than hav­ing to go to hos­pi­tal.

Vic­to­ria Der­byshire was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in 2015.

Les­ley said: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have re­ceived this award for ser­vice im­prove­ment.

“It is es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ated be­cause the process in­volved gain­ing the views and ex­pe­ri­ences of pa­tients di­ag­nosed with can­cer and work­ing with col­leagues in the mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team and vol­un­teers to change the way we de­liver fol­low-up care for pa­tients hav­ing on­col­ogy treat­ment in Tay­side.

“We couldn’t con­tinue to fol­low up pa­tients in the way we were. The num­bers were in­creas­ing and we weren’t meet­ing their needs. We needed to ask dif­fer­ent ques­tions about the is­sues they were fac­ing.

“I hope that this award will al­low us to roll out this ser­vice to more pa­tients in dif­fer­ent lo­cal­i­ties in Tay­side whilst en­sur­ing we main­tain safe and ef­fec­tive fol­low-ups.”

Les­ley re­ceives her award from Vic­to­ria Der­byshire.

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