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Nurse Receives Award For Excellence in Memory of Exceptional Colleague

May 12, 2011 12:34 PM

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As part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s celebrations for International Nurses Day, Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership (CHP) has presented a special award in memory of one of its most dedicated and inspirational nurses, Imelda Colton. 

Sadly, Imelda died in 2008 in her mid forties and her premature death was a great loss to her family, friends, colleagues and patients

The Imelda Colton Best Practice Award in Nursing Care was launched in 2009 in memory of her dedication and life-long commitment to promoting best practice and the continuous improvement of the quality of care and experience of older patients.

Nancy Reid, Care Governance Lead for Nursing & AHP’s in Renfrewshire CHP, said: “Imelda was a highly respected nurse in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who dedicated her career to promoting the highest standards of nursing care for older people. She worked for many years in Johnstone Hospital, the RAH, and the community where she led initiatives, which promoted patients rights, privacy, dignity and compassionate care to older people and their families and carers.

“Latterly she held the unique and innovative post of Gerontology Nurse Specialist, where she contributed immensely to the post development, by facilitating the older person’s journey across both health and social care enabling them to make informed choices in their treatment and care.”

This year the Imelda Colton Award has gone to Pauline McNeary, District Nurse, based in Renfrewshire, for her exceptional care and compassion – the core values of nursing.

Rosslyn Crocket, NHSGGC’s Director of Nursing, said: “Pauline is an inspirational nurse.  She has displayed utter dedication to ensuring that the experience of patients and their families is the best it can possibly be.  There is no doubt that Pauline and her nursing team, routinely go that extra mile for their patients and she is an absolute credit to the profession.

“Testament to her skills is the volume of letters we have received from patients, their families and carers praising both her clinical expertise but also her compassion.  In one letter a grieving family tell of how Pauline helped them come to terms with the loss of their loved one.

“Pauline more than deserves this award and I am sure that Imelda would be proud that an award in her name has been presented to her.”

Pauline was delighted to receive the Imelda Colton Award. She said: “I am surprised and very honoured to receive this award which recognises the dedication of my nursing team and our focus on continuing to provide high standards of patient care.”


Notes to Editor

NHSGGC is also celebrating International Nurses Day on the 12th May by launching a dedicated web portal showcasing the proud history of nursing in Glasgow and Clyde and a call to Greater Glasgow and Clyde residents to nominate a nurse who they think deserves the Health Board’s prestigious Chairman’s Award.

To nominate your special nurse who has gone that extra mile or to simply enjoy what the web portal has to offer visit:

For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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