Nurse ‘proud’ to receive honour award

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A West Hallam nurse has been honoured for her work in the community by the ‘Tiser’s sister paper.

The Ripley and Heanor News gave Abi Davidson a New Years Honours award last month after she was nominated by a reader.

Abi, who works at the Royal Derby Hospital, plays an important role when people have surgery that requires the use of a stoma.

“I was very shocked to get the award, but I feel very proud and humbled,” she said. “ I accepted this award on behalf of all my colleagues as we are a very small team who cover all over Derbyshire,” said Abi, 47.

A stoma is a pouch which is connected to the bowel or intestine and collects waste.

She is at the patient’s side every step of the way answering questions and prepares patients emotionally.

Carol Waldron from Ripley nominated Abi, saying: “Abi is always willing to go that extra mile and is very kind and caring and is a real lifeline to me. When you are frightened she boosts your morale. She is always so nice and makes you feel great. Nothing is too much trouble.”