HEALTH AWARDS: Angela is praised for her dedication

Angela Lee.

Angela Lee.

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A NURSE who helped a cancer survivor to pull through his ordeal was today praised as “a true professional”.

Angela Lee works as a specialist nurse in the colorectal unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool. She is responsible for endoscopies which help to detect any abnormalities in the bowel, from inflammatory bowel disease to cancer.

Tony Larkin. Picture by FRANK REID

Tony Larkin. Picture by FRANK REID

One of her patients – Tony Larkin, 47 – needed 12 months of treatment after being diagnosed with a five-inch cancerous tumour in September 2009.

Tony said: “My overriding memory is of Angela making frantic calls to get the scans booked in as a matter of urgency, which she managed to achieve, but then took the time to call during the agonising wait for results to see how we were coping.”

He hailed Angela as “a massive support” and added: “The good news was that the cancer hadn’t spread and it was again Angela who called with the news as she knew we were at our wits end.”

Tony, is now cancer free, was so grateful for the help he received, he raised money for the hospital and still runs a charity which both fundraises and raises awareness of bowel conditions.

He hailed Angela as “one of the finest and most caring nurses I have come across”. He also nominated her for the nurse of the year category in the Best of Health awards.

Stunned Angela said: “It is very humbling. I can’t change what they are diagnosed with, but I can ensure they are cared for to the best of my ability.”

Angela, a nurse endoscopist for ten years, hopes her nomination will encourage more people to get any concerns checked out.

The deadline for nominations has now passed and we now move on to the next stage of the competition.

All the shortlisted entrants will be invited to a finals night to be held at the Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield, on Thursday, June 6.

Make sure you follow the Hartlepool Mail in-paper, online and via social media sites for coverage of the awards in the coming weeks.