A heart failure specialist nurse in the cardiology department, has won a national award.

Princess Alexandra nurse Ron Leslie was nominated by patients to receive the 'You''re Simply Marvellous' award from heart failure charity The Pumping Marvellous Foundation.

A patient who commended Ron Leslie, said: “Ron has been an amazing support, always at the end of the phone and he had me on Entresto (heart failure medication) very quickly.

“My three daughters were tested and we had the results within days. After all the tests and scans I’ve had, he checks with the consultant and calls me to explain the results. He is so friendly, genuinely caring, and he really listens. He also got me into day therapy early this year at a local hospice, where they all speak very highly of him. He is, in my opinion, a walking angel, he always manages to put me at ease and is so supportive.”

Ron said: “I am humbled to receive this award and more importantly the positive feedback from a patient treated by the heart failure service. All members of the heart failure team at The Princess Alexandra Hospital are passionate about providing high quality, compassionate, evidence based care.

“We are privileged to work in a speciality which allows us to work with patients throughout their journey with heart failure, and during this time offer support, education and treatment which can improve quality and length of life. We recognise and highly value the impact of charities such as Pumping Marvellous on improving awareness of heart failure and lobbying for further improvement in patient care.”

Sharon McNally, director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals, at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Congratulations to Ron on receiving this fantastic award – he is a credit to our organisation and to the nursing profession.

“Ron has shown outstanding compassion and commitment to patient care and we are extremely proud to see him win this prestigious accolade.”