National award for Forfar nurse

Margaret Mitchell (centre) is pictured with Pineapple Dance Studios founder Debbie Moore and actor Christopher Biggins.

Margaret Mitchell (centre) is pictured with Pineapple Dance Studios founder Debbie Moore and actor Christopher Biggins.

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A Forfar nurse has picked up a national award for her commitment to the treatment of stroke patients, just a few months after receiving an MBE.

Margaret Mitchell was presented with a Professional Excellence Award at The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards, held recently in London.

The awards recognise the courage shown by stroke survivors and carers, as well as the work and commitment shown by health professionals, groups and supporter organisations.

The Professional Excellence Award recognises exceptional service in the provision of stroke care and prevention.

Margaret works in Royal Victoria Hospital in Dundee in the Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation.

She was also instrumental in setting up the Tayside Stroke Liaison Team, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year.

Over the past 15 years, she has been closely involved in caring for stroke patients and is now acting clinical co-ordinator for brain injury rehabilitation work in Tayside, providing vital ongoing support and practical guidance for stroke survivors.

Margaret said: “I am delighted to have received this award from The Stroke Association.

“The results of a stroke can have a devastating effect on a person’s health, but they all show a real determination to recover and get back as much normal life as possible.

“To see them achieve their goal is stunning and to be able to assist them along the difficult road is something which I have found truly an inspiration.”

Margaret received her MBE at Buckingham Palace in March for services to healthcare in Tayside.