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Altnagelvin cardiac nurse shortlisted for prestigious award


Michelle Mc Quaid

A Cardiac Nurse based at Altnagelvin hospital’s Cardiac Hub has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The British Heart Foundation’s annual Heart Heroes awards take place next month, with Michelle McQuaide one of those shortlisted in the Healthcare Heroes Category.

Having worked as a cardiac nurse for more than two decades, Michelle admits that the nomination came as a huge surprise, and is quick to pay tribute to her colleagues.

“It all definitely came as a bit of a shock. I’m just one part of a very well gelled team, and I definitely couldn’t do my job without them.

“I’ve worked in cardiology for more than 20 years and it’s just fantastic to be involved in. The Cardiology Hub which we have now is helping so many people, and that’s what makes the job so rewarding. Recently we had a 48 year-old come to us at 9.00am, he was assessed and stented and was out the door home again by 5.00pm. That’s incredible, and so great to be part of.”

In previous years, Michelle would have enjoyed jetting off to a glittering awards ceremony in England, but as with so many events in recent months, the 2021 awards will be held virtually. Despite being denied the opportunity to get glammed up for a big night out, Michelle is still looking forward to the online Awards Ceremony, hosted by Vernon Kay and with guest appearances from the BHF’s celebrity ambassadors, which will be held on World Heart Day, September 29th.

“It’s just great to be part of. It’s a shame that we’ll not get to travel to the awards, but to even be on such a prestigious shortlist is incredible, and a glowing endorsement of the work which the whole team does here.”