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Year of the Nurse and Midwife - Our June Feature

26th June 2020

This month, for June’s Year of the Nurse and midwife feature, we are shining a light on the incredible Linda Smith. Linda has been at St George’s for 34 years and has worked her way up to her current position as Matron in Acute/Specialist medicine. Find out more about her time at George’s below…

We asked Linda how long have you been at St George’s and what do you love about it?

I have a long history with St Georges. I started at St Georges as a student nurse in 1986 starting as a newly qualified staff nurse on McEntee ward before progressing to Ward Sister then Matron in 2004. I have been the Matron for many wards and departments at St Georges over the years and the one thing they all have in common is the desire to give the very best care to patients. The staff here at St Georges are so friendly and caring and it really does feel as though we are one team, even more so since COVID.

How has Covid-19 affected your role?

When COVID hit St Georges it was initially completely overwhelming but in true St George’s tradition we all pulled together to try and manage what was an ever evolving situation. Our nurses and doctors, porters and Mitie staff as well as all our AHP’s showed immense resilience and flexibility under immense pressure. The teams were moving and flipping wards on an almost daily basis. Staff were working out of their comfort zone and doctors and nurses were working with new teams weekly.

How has St George's Hospital Charity had an impact on your role?

The support of the local community and St George’s Charity has been phenomenal. The daily food parcels and care packages sent to the wards ,especially the COVID wards where it was difficult for staff to leave, were well received as well as the wellbeing hubs staffed by airline staff who have given up their time to come and support us during what must be an incredibly difficult time for them and their families. Recently both my wards have benefited from charitable funds. The staff room on Allingham ward is getting some new furniture to try and make it a nicer environment for staff. McEntee ward also had a makeover whilst some essential maintenance work was being carried out. This has had a huge impact on staff morale.

Thank you Linda, for your hard work serving the local community over the last 34 years and for rallying with your team to continue this amazing work through the recent, difficult times.

 

 

 

 

 

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