The Isle of Wight NHS Stoma Care Team, which won the Colostomy Association Purple Iris Award. Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
HEALTH workers who look after colostomy patients on the Isle of Wight have won an award for their outstanding contribution to patient care.
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Stoma Care Team has become the first ever recipient of the Colostomy Association's (CA) Purple Iris Award, which celebrates stoma care staff who go the extra mile to support their patients.
Around 30 colostomy operations — in which a section of large intestine is pulled through an opening in the abdominal wall, called a stoma, and attached to a temporary or permanent colostomy bag — are carried out on the Island every year.
The five-strong team received the award at the CA's patient open day, held at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, last month (July 20).
Matron Sue Biggs said: "Our aim in the team is to provide patients with quality care every time and it is great to know this has been recognised with this award. Everyone in the team is thrilled."
CA chairman of trustees Monty Taylor said: "The Purple Iris Award recognises outstanding service given by a stoma care department to patients, their families and carers. The CA is delighted to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Isle of Wight stoma team — congratulations to everyone, keep up the great work."