I studied Adult Nursing at Manchester University where I qualified in 2012, gaining invaluable experience working on the Haematology Oncology Day unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary, administrating strict chemotherapy regimens, blood transfusions and apheresis.
In 2014 I began working at The Nightingale Breast Cancer Prevention and Genesis Centre which is one of the largest breast units and screening centres in Europe. Working as a full-time clinic nurse gave me experience into the treatment of a wide range of benign and malignant breast conditions before stepping into a role as a Macmillan breast specialist nurse or who many of you may refer to as, your “Breast Care Nurse”. I work alongside one of the breast consultant surgeons who manages a caseload of around 150 patients from diagnosis through to discharge and am also part of a smaller nurse-led team which runs a self-stratified patient follow up programme. This was born out of the arrival of the Recovery Package in 2016 to aid people in their health and wellbeing following treatment.
My role as a breast care nurse is to offer emotional and physical support throughout the patient journey as well as providing guidance to patients when making tricky decisions involving care by giving appropriate information to them and their family. By working with other outside agencies I signpost patients to a variety of services such as financial, complimentary therapies, counselling and support groups. I am also able to offer more specialised advice in other areas of patient care such as family history, breast reconstruction, lymphedema and prosthetics.
I live in Manchester with my husband and three cats and enjoy travelling, cooking and watching live music.