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TV series Nursing the Nation highlights vital work of North Devon nurses

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

Tina Edwards, Ellie Maloney and Louise Mulholland of the Ilfracombe district nursing team, will feature in tomorrow's episode of Nursing the Nation on ITV1

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Five district nurses from North Devon are starring in a television programme about caring for patients in their own homes.

The ITV Nursing the Nation series features members of the team who work for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

Nurses from Devon, Yorkshire and Bath are seen going about their daily rounds out in the community.

Carolyn Mills, director of nursing at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust said she was pleased television audiences would be able to see the hard work the nurses do.

She said: "Our community nurses do a fantastic, vital but largely invisible job caring for and supporting patients in their own homes.

"They work with people at what can be the most difficult times in their lives, making sure they feel safe and cared for.

"They develop relationships with patients and, as they see them in their own homes, often become a huge part of their lives and cornerstones of the local community.

"I am very proud of the wide-ranging service our community teams provide and am delighted that this programme will give an insight into the amazing work they do."

The teams cover more than half of Devon including North, Mid and East Devon, Exeter and the fringes of Dartmoor.

They serve a population of nearly 500,000, spanning 1,300 square miles.

The Trust employs about 300 full-time community nursing staff.

The seven-part series started on January 3 and the Devon nurses will appear for the first time in episode three tomorrow (8.30pm).

Three members of the Ilfracombe district nursing team including Ellie Maloney, Louise Mulholland and Tina Edwards will appear with Sarah Miller from Torrington. Lesley Yeo, another member of the Torrington team, is followed in episode six, on February 7.

Shiobhan Pickering, the Trust's dementia matron for Axminster, Seaton and Sidmouth, completes the line-up when she appears in the seventh and final episode on Thursday, February 14.

Tina Edwards, who lives at Ilfracombe has been a community nurse for three years and says she has "the best job in the world".

She said: "It was very exciting being filmed. I was very proud to represent the team alongside the others.

"I think the programme will enable the public to see how hardworking we are and give them an insight into the whole of community nursing.

Ellie Maloney, who also lives at Ilfracombe, said: "We meet some good characters, which makes the role of a community nurse both rewarding and interesting. The patients I was filmed with are both interesting characters that make my role all the more rewarding."

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