Publish date: 4 February 2021

vicky woodall.jpegOn World Cancer Day we are shining the spotlight on one of our award-winning Cancer Nurse Specialists. 

Vicky Woodall, an Upper Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Nurse specialist at Leighton Hospital, was presented with an award from the Pancreatic Cancer UK charity for being an ‘Outstanding Healthcare Professional’. 

Vicky received her award at a virtual prize-giving ceremony last November, an event that coincided with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

She has contributed to improving the lives of patients; working towards initiatives surrounding early diagnosis in a proactive way and attending events to talk to local people to help raise awareness of signs and symptoms. She has also created a patient support group which is a well-attended group appreciated by all those involved. 

Vicky was one of just eight award winners from across the UK. 

She said: “I am very humbled to have been both nominated and to have won this award. It goes without saying that this award should be shared amongst the specialist team that I have working alongside me here at Leighton and at our Specialist Centre at Stoke. It is a team effort that enables us to help our local patients as much as we can when they have been affected by a diagnosis of Pancreatic cancer. 

“We are lucky at Leighton to have met many inspirational patients and families affected by Pancreatic cancer who have fully supported what we are doing, the biggest thanks is awarded to those and their families.”

Around 400 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year in the Cheshire and Merseyside area. Tragically, less than 7 per cent of people with the disease will live for five years after diagnosis, making it the deadliest common cancer. 

The award was presented by Diana Jupp, the Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK, at a virtual award ceremony, attended by charity supporters and staff. 

Diana Jupp, said: “Vicky’s work and all that she does as a specialist nurse makes all the difference in patients and their family’s lives. We are extremely proud to present her with this award.

“Our star awards are our way of showing our deep admiration and appreciation to those who have supported the charity so passionately, over the year. This year, it was more important than ever to bring people together virtually, to celebrate the Pancreatic Cancer UK community.”