St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s stoma care department has received a special award for its dedication and support to their patients.

Voted for by patients and their families, the Purple Iris Award is awarded by the Colostomy Association and recognises a stoma care department who provide outstanding care and exemplary service to their patients.

The patient who nominated the team for the award had this to say about them: “I would like the team at St George’s to get this award as they are so kind and nothing is too difficult for them. They are so helpful in getting the right appliance for you and are always available if you have queries. I not only have a urostomy but a colostomy also. I think I could have given up but for their patience and concern and help. I could not say enough to thank them for everything.”

The team were presented with the award at the Colostomy Association’s patient open day event in July.

Caroline Rudoni, senior clinical nurse specialist in stoma care, said: “We are thrilled to receive this award. What makes it even more special is that our patients nominated us for it and we would like to extend our thanks to all our patients who are our absolute passion. We strive to provide excellence in care while our patients are in hospital as well as the community and it is wonderful to be recognised for our work.”


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About St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare providers in the UK. Its main site, St George’s Hospital in Tooting – one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals – is shared with St George’s, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. As well as acute hospital services, the trust provides a wide variety of specialist and community hospital based care and a full range of community services to children, adults, older people and people with learning disabilities. These services are provided from Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, 11 health centres and clinics, schools and nurseries, patients’ homes and Wandsworth Prison.

St George’s Hospital, Tooting, is one of four major trauma centres and one of eight hyper acute stroke units for London.

The trust is an accredited centre of excellence for trauma, neurology, cardiology, cancer and blood pressure services, and the national centre for family HIV care and bone marrow transplantation for non-cancer diseases.

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