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60 seconds with Community Nurse Award winner Anne Thomas

Outpatients staff nurse Anne Thomas says nurses should help patients manage their conditions in the community.

Outpatients staff nurse Anne Thomas says nurses should help patients manage their conditions in the community

Anne Thomas. Picture: David Gee

Staff nurse Anne Thomas won the RCNi Nurse Awards Community category for her health promotion outreach work supporting men in her rural community. She trained as a nurse and midwife in South London in the early 1980s. Moving to North Wales in 1985, she worked on Dolgellau Hospital’s medical ward before becoming a district nursing and community midwifery sister. She returned to Dolgellau’s midwifery unit in 1992 but was transferred to her current role in outpatients in 1998 after a diagnosis of epilepsy. She is married, with a son and daughter in their 20s.

What are your main work responsibilities? My core role is ensuring that outpatient clinics run smoothly, safely and efficiently, but we have developed as a health promotion hub, taking


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