Strathcarron Hospice win UK Nurse of the Year award! 

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Local Hospice nurse win for chronic oedema specialism.  Strathcarron Hospice was the winning nomination in the Chronic Oedema Nurse of the Year category in the prestigious British Journal of Nursing, BJN Awards 2023. The local Hospice representing Scotland was the only Scottish organisation in the category.

The local Hospice hosts the only specialist Lipoedema and Lymphoedema clinic in the NHS Forth Valley.

Margaret Anne Garner, Lymphoedema specialist won in the category. As alongside her team at Strathcarron Hospice, she is constantly learning and sharing new research and practices, for the benefit of local people who live with these conditions across the Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.  

Lymphoedema is a chronic incurable condition which results in swelling due to a disruption of the lymphatic system. It can be caused by a variety of factors including cancer, cancer treatments, trauma, injury or genetic causes.

The NHS Forth Valley Lymphoedema Service in Strathcarron Hospice, provides treatment, support, and advice to anyone living Lymphoedema or Lipoedema and their families and to Health Professionals.

Marjory Mackay, Director of Nursing, Strathcarron Hospice says, “The service model that Margaret Anne and her team at Strathcarron deliver is aligned with the national outcomes for health and wellbeing and provides a vital and best practice service for people living with Lymphoedema and Lipoedema across our local communities.  

For Margaret Anne to win as an exceptional chronic oedema specialist and to be recognised by The British Journal of Nursing, is wonderful”.

The British Journal of Nursing Awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of teams and colleagues across the UK, and acknowledge their impact on patients’ lives. The winners were announced at the notable annual event on the 24th March, 2023 at The Banking Hall, London.


The British Journal of Nursing Awards: Chronic Oedema Nurse of the Year

  • Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Lymphoedema Service, Rochdale Care Organisation
  • Joanne Dodd-Stokes and Lymphcare UK team, Lymphcare UK
  • Margaret Anne Garner, Lymphoedema Specialist, Strathcarron Hospice – NHS Forth Valley


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