Nurse’s efforts recognised

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A nurse at a practice in Hadleigh has won a prestigious award for her efforts in caring for patients.

Kate Brett, who works at Hadleigh Boxford Group Practice, was given the practice nurse award at The Royal College of General Practitioners Eastern Faculty’s 2013 awards ceremony.

Mrs Brett’s “vision for improved care for the elderly” impressed the judging panel after she started a programme of education and regular health drop-in sessions at three newly-opened care homes in the area.

Her work has been credited with reducing the number of out-of-hours GP visits to local care homes, a reduction in the number of hospital admissions and an increase in the number of patients dying in the place they wished to.

Dr Mark Shenton, a GP and chairman of the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, praised Mrs Brett.

“Kate should rightly be proud of the positive impact her work has had on local care home residents,” he said.

Dr Shelton, who works at the Stowhealth centre in Stowmarket, added: “She has made a real difference to their lives.”