Health Awards: Matron Colin brings the whole team together

Hospital Nurse of the Year winner Colin Beevor
Hospital Nurse of the Year winner Colin Beevor
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He helps bring a team together to benefit the patients who have to visit a hospital department.

Matron Colin Beevor won the title of Hospital Nurse of the Year at The News Best of Health Awards 2015.

He works as a matron in the rheumatology department at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

He attended the awards night, which was held at the Portsmouth Guildhall for the sixth year running.

Mr Beevor said: ‘It’s fantastic to have won.

‘This award recognises the fact I have a great team around me that gives me a service I can be proud of.

‘And it’s a service the patients appreciate and it’s only possible because of the team I have with me.

‘They do anything I can ask them and we all work really well together.’

Margo Berry, chairwoman of the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Osteoporosis Support Group, was one of many who put Mr Beevor forward.

In her nomination, she said: ‘Colin is the most inspiring nurse I have had the pleasure of working with over the past five- plus years and in particular the last 12 months.

‘With the planning of the new fracture liaison service at QA, he has worked tirelessly to ensure the service met the highest standard possible for both patients and staff.

‘His guidance and support have been invaluable to all.

‘Thi, he has done alongside all his other work plus working with the volunteer groups planning prevention and education- raising awareness courses for the diseases that come under the rheumatology umbrella.’

The category was sponsored by Irwin Mitchell solicitors.

Coming runner-up in the category was senior nurse practitioner Jayne Fairbrother, who works at St Mary’s Treatment Centre, in Milton Road.

Jean Rice, who nominated her, said: ‘Her excellent diagnostic skills and her warm and calm manner ensured I received the prompt emergency treatment I needed.

‘Jayne is the embodiment of a good nurse; well trained, experienced and with a warm, and confident manner which ensures a patient in her care is treated to the highest standard.’