A HAMPSHIRE nurse who regularly goes above and beyond for her patients has been nominated for a top national award.

Diane Waddington has been recognised for her work as a community nurse for Southern Health’s New Forest Community Nursing Team.

Di – as she is known – has been a nurse for many years and is up against 27 finalists for a Nursing Standard award having shown dedication, professionalism and positivity throughout her long career.

She said: “I was shocked and taken aback when I found out.

“There are so many great nurses and health professionals in the NHS and I work with them in the community and see the amazing things they do.”

The winner of the award will be announced at a special ceremony in London on May 9.