Sheffield nurse wins award for research

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A nurse has won a £500 research award for her department thanks to work she has done on removing stents more quickly following bladder surgery.

Diane Leach, who works in the urology department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, was awarded the prize by the Association of Stoma Care Nurses UK.

It recognises her research into removing stents from patients following an operation to create a stoma following bladder surgery.

Typically the stents are removed 10 days after surgery, with patients returning to hospital as a day case for the procedure.

But Diane’s research has shown that in many cases the stents could be removed more quickly, which would negate patients having to return as a day case and mean they could be assessed on the ward rather than by a community nurse follow-up.

She presented her findings to a national conference attended by 400 people.

“I was really proud to be able to present it to a national audience,” she said.

“I hadn’t done anything like that before so I was very nervous, but the feedback was really positive.”

She is now working with hospitals consultants to develop her work further.