Nurse Fiona wins nationwide prize

Athletics star Roger Black presents Fiona Haston with her award. Picture: comp
Athletics star Roger Black presents Fiona Haston with her award. Picture: comp
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A Macmillan nurse from the Capital has been recognised for her inspirational work supporting people affected by cancer in the city.

Athletics legend Roger Black presented Macmillan clinical nurse specialist Fiona Haston with an award at the 2015 Macmillan Excellence Awards, held at The Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham last week.

The awards, which are now in their fourth year, were developed to celebrate the work carried out by Macmillan health and social care professionals across the country.

The event recognised excellence in four areas: service improvement, innovation, integration and teamwork.

Fiona, based at Western General Hospital, won the Service Improvement Excellence category, and was considered to have demonstrated a vision and commitment has led to tangible, lasting improvements in the quality of services offered to people affected by cancer.

The award-winning work of Fiona and her team involved improvements in head and neck service provision by carrying out audits to identify the key issues of delayed diagnosis and poor patient compliance, and putting comprehensive plans in place to address these.

By working across disciplines and developing the service, it now sees 800 patients per year, compared with 200 previously, and 97 per cent of all patients are supported through their cancer by the same clinical nurse specialist.

Fiona recognised the importance of supporting the general workforce and has developed online education resources which are now available across the whole of Scotland.

More than 300 Macmillan professionals as well as representatives from Macmillan 
and other leading healthcare institutions attended the awards ceremony.

Fiona received a certificate and £150 along with the other individual winners.

Alan Boyter, director of human resources and organisational development, NHS Lothian, said: “I am always proud when I hear about the successes of our truly outstanding staff who go above and beyond their duties every day to deliver the very best patient care. I commend Fiona for her hard work, skill and dedication.

“This is just one example of our staff going the extra mile to provide high-quality, safe and patient-centred care, which we strive to achieve across NHS Lothian.”

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