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Guy’s and St Thomas’ nurse wins national award for ‘outstanding’ work with patients

A Guy’s and St Thomas’ nurse has won a national award in recognition of her outstanding care for her patients.

Fiona Hibberts, a colorectal consultant nurse, was named as the Gastrointestinal/IBD Nurse of the Year at the 2019 British Journal of Nursing Awards for her work with patients suffering from conditions like Crohn’s disease.

She was commended for setting up iniatives to help patients suffering from colorectal conditions get a speedier diagnosis and reduce the time they spend in hospital.

Fiona, who has worked at Guy’s and St Thomas’ for more than 19 years, said it was a “real honour” to be recognised.

“I’m really thankful to my team as I wouldn’t be able to do my job without their brilliant support and encouragement,” she said.

“I absolutely love my job and I’m really passionate about supporting patients with colorectal disorders as they can be very difficult conditions to manage.”

Antonia Lynch, deputy chief nurse at the Trust which manages the two hospitals, said Fiona’s colleagues were all “extremely proud” of her achievements.

“She is a truly exceptional nurse and has made a huge contribution to our Trust and our patients’ lives,” said Ms Lynch.

“Fiona has been instrumental in establishing new projects that have made our colorectal services even better.

“She constantly goes above and beyond for our patients and is a great role model to our nurses.”

Farinaz Noorzad, a clinical nurse specialist at the Trust, was also recognised, landing third place for the Respiratory Nurse of the Year Award.

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