14 June 2014

OBE for dermatology nurse

OBE for dermatology nurse

Huge congratulations to Dermatology Nurse Consultant Sandra Lawton who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Sandra, who has been working in Nottingham's hospitals for almost 40 years, received the honour for her services to nursing.

She became the second dermatology nursing consultant in the UK in 2002 and set up the first liaison service between primary and secondary care. She has been instrumental in research in to eczema and has had over 140 articles published.

Although she found about the OBE five weeks ago she has had to keep it under wraps until today's official announcement.

She said: "I was gobsmacked when I found out. It's just mind-blowing.

"I was away on holiday and my children found out when they opened my post for me. It's been so difficult trying to keep it quiet."

Sandra began working as a nurse at the age of 16, at the former Eye Hospital in Ropewalk. She began working in dermatology in 1987. She developed the role of Dermatology Liaison Sister - a UK first - and lectures on advanced nursing and the nurse consultant's role.

In 2007 she was honoured with the title of Queen's Nurse and in 2012 was made a Fellow of the Queen's Nursing Institute.

She said: "I have won other awards for my work in the past but this is so special.

"My family are really proud and I know that my patients will be chuffed. I think it's important to say that none of this would have been possible without the support of my fantastic patients and colleagues over the years so I'd like to say a big thank you to them."

Sandra will be travelling down to London to collect her honour later this year - but it won't be the first time she has met the Queen. In 1977 she formed part of the guard of honour which welcomed Her Royal Highness when she opened the Queen's Medical Centre.

Jenny Leggott, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Nottingham University Hospitals, said: "This is fantastic news and well-deserved. Sandra's passion and commitment to helping dermatology patients is unrivalled. Her work has made a real difference to the lives of many people over the years.

"Nottingham's hospitals have been very lucky to have the benefit of her expertise over the last four decades and I know her fellow colleagues and patients will join me in saying a huge congratulations."

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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