A UNIQUE specialist nurse-led team providing community-based care for Gwent Huntington’s Disease patients, won a top UK nursing award last night.
On Wednesday the Argus highlighted the work of the seven-strong Community Huntington’s Disease team helping transform care for patients in the area.
Senior nurse Tanya Strange, who set up the team, picked up the Nursing Standard UK community nursing award on its behalf, at a ceremony in London.
Dealing with around 50 cases at any one time, involving patients aged from mid-20s to mid-80s the team, comprising Mrs Strange, clinical psychologist Dr Jean Board, physiotherapist Angela Hall, occupational therapist Nicola Pendrey, clinical nurse specialist Teresa Hinnem, speech and language therapist Sarah Lane, and secretary Jacque Cox, lets patients stay at home and be cared for.
Huntington’s is a hereditary neurological disorder affecting the central nervous system and causing brain cells to degenerate, slowly impairing the ability to walk, think, talk and reason.
There is no cure.
Before the team was set up three years ago with Welsh Government funding, many patients, especially those in the latter stages, were admitted into long term care, mostly in out-ofcounty placements.