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Children's nurse wins prestigious award

12 December 2008

Niamh Geoghegan, Paediatric Continence and Stoma Nurse Specialist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, has won a special award at the prestigious NHS Champions Awards in recognition of her outstanding care for children and their families.

Niamh Geoghegan, Paediatric Continence and Stoma Nurse Specialist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, has won a special award at the prestigious NHS Champions Awards in recognition of her outstanding care for children and their families.

Martha Lane Fox, founder of lastminute.com, presented Niamh with the award for personal care nursing from the Antigone foundation.

The internet entrepreneur's own experience in the healthcare system following a serious car accident prompted her to support innovation in patient-centred healthcare through this foundation.

The judging panel for the NHS Champions Awards included BBC presenter George Alagiah, NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh and Evening Standard Editor Veronica Wadley.

Consultant Paediatric Surgeon Simon Clarke, who nominated Niamh, said: "Niamh has worked tirelessly for the children of west London for many years. Continence is not the most glamorous of nursing specialities but it is an area which, if managed badly, can devastate a child's life."

"Niamh deserves this award not only for working often beyond the call of duty but also because of the positive feedback that her patients have given to me over the years, much of which she will brush off as being all part of the job."

Colette Murphy-Lucas, whose two-year-old daughter Demelza has been cared for by Niamh since she was just a few months old, said: "Niamh is an outstanding member of staff who has taken wonderful care of our daughter. She is diligent, determined and works tirelessly with both parents and children."

"Demelza has built up a real rapport with Niamh and she continues to be a very valuable asset to us as a family."

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