Bank Nurse Award finalist: Katherine Gale

Bank Nurse Award finalist: Katherine Gale

Gynaecology nurse practitioner University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Katherine is a proud bank nurse, working at grade 8a to maintain a specialist gynaecology service. She has 18 years’ clinical experience in women’s health and independently sees women referred under the two-week fast-track gynaecology pathway. She takes a clinical history, carries out a diagnostic ultrasound scan and vaginal examination, and can biopsy the womb lining to speed diagnosis. She ensures women do not wait unnecessarily by offering extra clinics if demand is high. Katherine is an independent prescriber and holds a weekly nurse-led hysteroscopy clinic for abnormal bleeding, preforming outpatient procedures, such as removing intrauterine coils. She initiated an independent survey to seek feedback from her patients. Responses included: ‘Katherine was great, friendly, professional and knowledgeable’ and ‘very informative and made me feel at ease’.

Picture credit: Stephen Shepherd

The Bank Nurse Award is supported by Nursing Standard and sponsored by NHS Professionals.

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