Nurses receive national award for exceptional end of life care

Three nurses have received prestigious Cavell Star Awards for the exceptional care provided to a patient in his final days.

Ruth Donley-Bond, from the Palliative Care team, and Katherine Monteith, who worked on Edgefield ward at the time, were nominated for the national award by the family of James Barnaby Read who died in November 2022.

Lianne Canham, who works for East Coast Community Healthcare, also received a Cavell Star Award for the care she provided in Mr Read’s final days.

Mr Read, who was known as Jimmy to his family and friends, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side aged 73 years after more than five weeks at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

His wife Rose and daughters Julie and Tracey returned to the hospital on 23 November to thank the three nurses and present them with their awards.

Rose said: “Each and every one of you were fantastic and we are extremely grateful. Nothing was too much trouble.”

Cavell Star Awards are given to nurses, midwives, nursing associates and healthcare assistants who show exceptional care to their colleagues, patients or patients’ families. The awards are run by the Cavell charity, which supports UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants and is named after the Norwich-born nurse Edith Cavell.

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