Posted on Thursday 24 April 2014
Helen with her granddaughter and Dick and Dom
Helen Greensmith, a nurse who works with children with a blood clotting disorder, has been recognised by the Haemophilia Society for making a big difference to children and families.
Helen has been awarded national haemophilia ‘buddy’ status. The Buddy Awards recognise the vital support provided to children who have to cope with the everyday challenges that haemophilia and bleeding disorders can involve.
Helen was nominated by a patient and a colleague and was presented with the award by children’s TV presenters Dick and Dom on World Haemophilia Day (Thursday 17 April) at London Zoo.
She says: “It’s humbling that a patient's family and a work colleague took the time to put me forward for this award. It came as quite a surprise.
“I love my job. I’ve dedicated many years to looking after children and their families who live with bleeding disorders and receiving this award is very special to me, particularly as I’m retiring this year.”
Liz Carroll, Chief Executive of the Haemophilia Society, says: “The Buddy Awards are a way for people with a bleeding disorder to give a very special thank you to their ‘buddy’.”
Haemophilia is a rare, inherited bleeding disorder which means blood does not clot properly. People with haemophilia can suffer bleeding into muscles and joints, which can lead to serious complications. There is no cure, but modern treatments mean patients can lead normal lives.
Helen is a nurse manager for the South London Haemophilia Network. She is responsible for leading the challenging nursing care of children with inherited bleeding disorders and supporting their families who live not only within London but also as far as the south coast.