Nurse thanks patients

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I WOULD like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to my patients and fellow colleagues at Worthing and Southlands hospitals.

Unfortunately, I have had to leave owing to ill-health.

I started at Worthing and Southlands in September, 1999, as a student nurse studying at Brighton University.

Having worked on Amber, EAU, and Chiltington wards during my training, when I qualified I started in the operating theatres as a junior nurse.

I stayed there, becoming a senior staff Nurse until February 2007 when I commenced a part-time role of urology nurse specialist.

For eight months, I carried on both roles, until in October when I went full time as a urology nurse specialist working with Ruth Dekkers, the other urology nurse.

This is where I finally got to talk to my patients, and build strong bonds with my regular “customers”.

Working with all the urologists, Ruth, and later Alan Hubbard joining us, gave me a great insight into the world of “water works” and I am sorry to have to leave.

I have so many people I want to thank, it would turn out like an Oscar speech!

But I do want to thank in particular Ruth, Alan, Paula, all the urology secretaries, the urology appointment team (especially Linda, Karen and Emily), the urology doctors and, most importantly, the patients, without whom I wouldn’t have had a job!!

I hope one day I can return to nursing, but for now I am the patient!

Lisa Hilder

Barnet Way