Maria's award was a surprise

PUBLISHED: 13:30 18 August 2006 | UPDATED: 19:47 01 June 2010

Maria East

Maria East

A DENTAL nurse, who has worked at the same surgery for 20 years, has been named a national group s Nurse of the Year. Maria East works at James Hull Dental Care, in Museum Square, Wisbech, and was picked out for the accolade by directors of the group from

A DENTAL nurse, who has worked at the same surgery for 20 years, has been named a national group's Nurse of the Year.

Maria East works at James Hull Dental Care, in Museum Square, Wisbech, and was picked out for the accolade by directors of the group from more than 250 other nurses based at 32 practices nationwide.

She received her award at the group's annual ball at London's Grosvenor Hotel from Nick Irens, chairman of James Hull and Associates.

Mrs East, who lives in Wisbech, said: "I am just very pleased but still really surprised. It was nice to be recognised but the thing is that it did not come from our practice; it was from the directors. That was what pleased me more than anything."

Val Richmond, Wisbech practice manager, said: "She really deserves it and we are really proud of her. She is a credit to the practice."

Thirty-seven-year-old Mrs East has worked at the dental surgery since dropping out of college in 1986, when she applied for a temporary job.

She also signed up to a youth training scheme at the centre and was offered a permanent post after six months. Apart from taking maternity leave for her two children, she has worked there ever since.

Not only a nurse, she also deals with the administration of stock ordering and with patient appointments.

Mrs Richmond said: "We always receive a lot of feedback from patients about the high standard of care they receive from Maria.

Wha-Choul Lee, a surgeon at the practice with whom Mrs East works alongside the most, said: "It is great that she has received this recognition. It is really good to see the company recognising the work she does.

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