Dedicated nurse wins prestigious award

Lee Hough, nurse practitioner from White Rose Surgery in South Elmsall has won a Queens Institute Award for excellence, service development and high quality care.
Lee Hough, nurse practitioner from White Rose Surgery in South Elmsall has won a Queens Institute Award for excellence, service development and high quality care.
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Dedicated South Elmsall nurse practitioner Lee Hough has won a top award for his work.

Mr Hough, 36, who works at White Rose Surgery, has been given the title of Queen’s Nurse by the The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The honour is only given to around 15 nurses a year in recognition of their outstanding contribution to their practice and its patient care.

Mr Hough said: “I’m still in shock. I was surprised, honoured and humbled to be given the award and will continue to try and improve care and quality at the surgery.”

He was nominated for the honour by colleagues and patients at the surgery on Exchange Street and received the award at a special ceremony in London on April 15.

Mr Hough began his nursing career in 1992 working in accident and emergency at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, he then worked as part of a rapid response team in Barnsley before moving to White Rose Surgery in 2011.

He has been leading a virtual ward at the practice to help improve care for vulnerable patients.

He said: “The virtual ward is a service that tries to keep vulnerable and elderly patients at home. We run the ward like any other hospital ward.

“If someone needs to go to hospital three or four times a year we’ll see if we have someone in the virtual ward team who can go see them, so they’re less stressed.”