A MOUNTBATTEN nurse — who makes sure people spend their last days where they wish — was given a standing ovation as she collected a national hero award.

Christina Ginsburg won the gold award for outstanding contribution at the Our Health Heroes awards, organised by NHS Health Education England and held at the Science Museum yesterday (Wednesday).

The award follows a national public vote which decided who would win the gold, silver or bronze accolade.

Christina is based at St Mary’s Hospital where she works with hospital and Mountbatten colleagues to ensure people approaching the end of their lives get to the place they would prefer to die — which is often at home, at a nursing home or at Mountbatten Hospice rather than on a hospital ward.

Mountbatten chief executive Nigel Hartley said: "This is an incredible achievement and very well deserved recognition of the work Christina does to support our Island community when they need it most."