Tamuka Gonah won the Nursing in Practice Nurse of the Year Award 2014 for his work in sexual health at the General Practice Awards last night.
The glitzy ceremony, hosted at the Lancaster Hotel in London, celebrated the very best of primary care and was presented by doctor-turned-comedian Paul Sinha.
Gonah works in Brighton where the HIV rates are second only to London. And is part of a team that offers 365 day a year nurse-led sexual health service for patients and was initially nominated for the award due to his dedication in making the project a success.
As well as working hard to promote the sexual health service he is the service’s lead nurse having often had to come in on his days off.
As a nurse-led service the scheme has developed close referral pathways and communication with the local genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic. They offer on site microsocopy and can give same day results to our patients. The service can also treat most sexually transmitted infections (STIs) except HIV, hepatitis and syphilis which we refer on via a fast-track pathway to the local GUM clinic.
Access hours have been extended to patients every day of the year. A patient survey demonstrates very high levels of satisfaction with the opening hours and waiting times and Tamuka’s hard work has played a key role in this.
The service’s patient population mix is comprised of young students and a large gay population, and Tamuka and his team have pro-actively targeted our student population by developing ‘fresher’s packs’ including details of our services, condoms, information on sexual health screening.
They have also reached out to the gay community via advertising through local magazines, Channel 4 website documentaries and are participating in the PRIDE festival.