A CANCER nurse well known to many Wiltshire patients who attend the Royal United Hospital, Bath has won a top award.

Emma Girling, a Macmillan acute oncology cancer nurse specialist, now has the title of Best Nurse Teacher as voted for by medical students from the University of Bristol.

She said: “It’s a real honour to receive the award. I really enjoy working with the students – they’re always so enthusiastic, engaged and keen to ask questions.

“During their week in Oncology they will spend time in clinic with consultants and also on the ward meeting and spending time with patients and their families.

“I try to challenge them too, to ask how they would deal with a particular scenario and how they would support the patient. It’s a partnership – both myself and the student working together.

Emma, who won the RUH’s Nurse of the Year award in 2018, added: “Support from colleagues has been invaluable.”

Jack McAlinden, President of Galenicals, the University of Bristol Medical Students’ Society, said: “Emma should be immensely proud of the impact she had had on our graduating students, their careers and their lives.

“The investment she has made in time, effort, energy and patience will pay dividends for many years to come. This beneficial return will be not only for the students she’s taught, but for every patient they treat, every family they care for, and every student that they in turn will educate.”