Bev's helped make such a difference to my diabetes, says Lister Hospital colleague Dawn, and she deserves a Comet Community Award

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 January 2016

Dawn Somerville with nurse Bev Summerhayes who has helped change her life by managing her diabetes

Dawn Somerville with nurse Bev Summerhayes who has helped change her life by managing her diabetes

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A professional photographer who could have lost her sight to diabetes has nominated the nurse who cares for her for this year's Comet Community Awards.

Dawn Somerville with nurse Bev Summerhayes who has helped change her life by managing her diabetesDawn Somerville with nurse Bev Summerhayes who has helped change her life by managing her diabetes

Dawn Somerville who works as a clinical photographer at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage was diagnosed with diabetes aged 12.

Before moving to Stevenage in 2014, the 26-year-old had to have an operation to save her sight due to complications from the disease.

When she moved to the town, Dawn enrolled at the Lister Hospital under specialist diabetes nurse Bev Summerhayes – who has helped protect her precious eyesight and keep her illness on an even keel.

In fact Bev, 41, has helped her so much that Dawn was able to transfer from traditional insulin injections to using an insulin pump on Tuesday – a much more user friendly and less painful way of taking her medication.

Dawn, who has nominated Bev for the Nurse and Care Worker of the Year category, said: “Bev was the first nurse I saw in Stevenage and the first I saw on a regular basis.

“My diabetic control was never very good, but with Bev it dramatically improved.

“Bev has very good motivational skills and she keeps me on track.

“I owe Bev everything. My health has improved, my quality of life is better and I am now passionate and proud to be a diabetic. She’s definitely gone above and beyond.”

Bev, a mother-of-three who lives in Hitchin, said it was ‘amazing’ to have been nominated.

She said: “It’s a pleasure to have my work recognised and to be able to work in a team where I am able to support patients in this way.

“I’m only doing what lots of other nurses do.

“Dawn was struggling to get control of her medication and as a young person was struggling to manage her diabetes.

“She needed to do certain things and get her blood sugars to a certain point so she could switch over to the insulin pump and it’s been great to be able to support her.”

Finalists chosen by a panel of judges will be invited to a ceremony at Letchworth’s Icknield Centre in May.

Find out how you can make a nomination by visiting www.cometcommunityawards.co.uk

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