Nurse from Northampton wins award after reducing maximum length of her patients’ hospital stay by 18 weeks

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A Macmillan nurse based at Northampton General Hospital has won a national award for her work with brain tumour patients.

Sheralyn Holmes was nominated for a Macmillan Excellence Award for her high quality support work.

Until she came into post there was no support for NGH patients living with a malignant brain tumour and, her colleagues says, she has “revolutionised how brain tumour patients are cared for”.

NGH cancer lead nurse Liz Summers, who nominated Mrs Holmes, said: “Shez has raised these patients’ profile, and championed the development of services to meet their individual needs.

“She proactively supports patients and carers following discharge - which is often a worrying time for them - and coordinates their timely pathway to oncology.

“Her telephone advice has improved the patient and carer experience, preventing unnecessary hospital appointments and unplanned admission to hospital.”

As a result of Mrs Holmes’ efforts, the length of a hospital stay has been reduced from a maximum of six months to six weeks.

Reacting to her win, she said: “It was a wonderful surprise and I’m very honoured.

“As a Macmillan nurse you always strive to do the very best for your patients and you don’t do it expecting to get nominated for awards.

“We all work as part of a team and so this award also reflects the hard work and dedication of my colleagues.”

Sheralyn is part of a team of 35 Macmillan professionals at the NGH supporting people affected by cancer so that no one has to face it alone.

For support, information or if you have any questions, call Macmillan Cancer Support free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk