Nurse wins national award for Parkinson's support

A NURSE has won a national award for her innovative work in ensuring patients with Parkinson s Disease have more support. Tracey Smith, who works for NHS East and North Hertfordshire, has won the Innovation in Parkinson s Disease Award in the Nursing Stan

A NURSE has won a national award for her innovative work in ensuring patients with Parkinson's Disease have more support.

Tracey Smith, who works for NHS East and North Hertfordshire, has won the Innovation in Parkinson's Disease Award in the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2009.

She won it for developing a detailed resource pack, crammed with information to help patients with Parkinson's. It also contains a pill timer, which helps patients receive their vital medication on time.

The pack was sent to every ward at Lister Hospital in Stevenage and was so well received by staff, carers and patients that it is set to be rolled out nationally by the Parkinson's Disease Society.


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Tracey said: "You can't always change the outcome for patients, but you can improve their experiences."

Sally Pollitt, service lead for Hertfordshire Neurological Service, said: "It is fantastic having exceptional staff like Tracey working in the Hertfordshire Neurological Service."

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Tracey will receive her award at a ceremony at London's Dorchester Hotel in November.

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