EMMA Horton's dedication to patients in her care as lead multiple sclerosis nurse in Gwent, has earned her a UK award.

Ten years ago, she was Gwent's only MS nurse, providing care and support for around 1,000 patients.

Now she heads a team of three nurses as part of a multi-disciplinary team including an MS specialist consultant neurologist and an occupational therapist.

Nominated by that neurologist, Dr Fady Joseph, Mrs Horton won the MS Professional of the Year prize at the MS Society Awards.

She was presented with her award by swimmer Stephanie Millward, who has MS and won five medals at the recent London Paralympic Games.

"I'm very surprised to have won. I didn't expect it, especially being up against some amazing people," said Mrs Horton, who was selected from a shortlist of three.

"Sometimes I feel like I'm just doing a job. But then I realised the other day, for instance, that just being there for a patient meant he could travel to Morocco on holiday with his family, that makes you realise how much of a difference you make."

When she came to work in Gwent, many multiple sclerosis (MS) patients had to travel to Cardiff for regular treatment.

Now, a recently opened dedicated MS ward at the Royal Gwent Hospital is the latest development in a drive to make treatment more convenient.

As well as the new ward, where patients can have regular drug treatments, clinics are provided at Nevill Hall, County and Chepstow Hospitals.