A SPECIALIST paediatric epilepsy nurse has received a British Empire Medal to mark more than 30 years of dedication to the NHS.

Sue Lewis developed an interest in childhood epilepsy early in her career when, in addition to her nursing job she also cared for a young child with severe epilepsy for a few hours per week, allowing his family some respite time.

Having gained qualifications around this complex condition, she was instrumental in setting up the specialist service and became County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust’s first specialist paediatric epilepsy nurse.

She now works full time with children and young people with epilepsy and in support of their families. Sue also ensures professional colleagues are up to date with all aspects of epilepsy and runs a clinic for young people as they transition from children’s to adult care.

She said: “I absolutely love my job and feel very fortunate to be able to support and care for young patients and their families. To be given a British Empire Medal is very humbling and I accept it on behalf of all the members of our brilliant team.”

She was presented with her award by Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowdon.