24th March 2014 – Airedale specialist nurse came runner-up in national competition
Nona Toothill, Airedale Hospital’s urology specialist came second in the national ‘Urology nurse of the year’ awards.
She was one of three in the country competing in this category as part of the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2014 and took part in the award ceremony in London last Friday (21 March).
Nona said: “It was a great night, and I’m very happy to win such a prestigious award, especially against such stiff competition.”
As part of her role within a multi-disciplinary team, None runs teaching sessions to nurses in the hospital and for district nursing staff supporting them with caring for patients on the wards and in the community. She works closely with staff in nursing and residential homes and supports urologists in their clinics held throughout the week where patients with prostate problems are assessed and offered help and advice with urological problems, including cancer. None also runs a weekly men’s health clinic and is involved in reviewing patient literature for Prostate Cancer UK.
Nona, aged 45, of Cowling, was nominated by a locum consultant as she won an award at the BAUN (British Association of Urology Nurses) conference for her poster relating to Peyronie’s disease.
Mrs Toothill trained at Airedale Hospital, completed her diploma in Urology, became a senior staff nurse, then a sister. In between having two girls and becoming a clinical nurse specialist, she completed her nursing degree and gained urological credits and now has a qualification in non medical prescribing.