Louth woman April receives prestigious Queen’s Nurse honour

Queen's Nurse April Fixter who works in Louth. EMN-150110-153254001
Queen's Nurse April Fixter who works in Louth. EMN-150110-153254001

A district nurse case manager from Louth has been awarded the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by the community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The title is not an award for past service, but indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, leadership and learning.

April Fixter is now the 20th Queen’s Nurse at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).

“I am absolutely thrilled to receive the award,” April commented.

“The district nurse title is 150 years old and the service is synonymous with high quality care for patients and carers.”

She was encouraged to put herself forward for the award by colleague and fellow Queens Nurse Anne Duncan.

Her application was then supported by her manager and by personal statements from a selection of her patients.

Her current role sees April working with Kidgate and James Street Surgeries in Louth.

She added: “District nursing illustrates the values I hold. I plan on remaining committed to the role and providing the highest quality of care to patients and to education.”

Sue Cousland, chief nurse and director of operations at LCHS, said: “We are very proud of our ever growing team of Queen’s Nurses at Lincolnshire Community Health Services and they are rightly recognised for the contributions they make to patient care and the development of our future nurses and leaders.

“We offer our best wishes and congratulations to April for her achievements.”