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Year of the Nurse and Midwife - Our October Feature

13th October 2020

This October, as part of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we are featuring Tammy Stracey, Matron on the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit. We asked Tammy some questions about her time at St George’s and how it has changed due to the pandemic.

How long have you been at St George’s and what do you love about it?

I have worked at St George’s for the last 6.5 years (8 years in total if you count a previous stint I did here). The thing that I love most about it, and what makes it such an amazing place to work, are the people! I’m not just talking about the nurses, doctors and AHP’s, but the other hard working staff that sometimes get overlooked - cleaners, porters, stores team, linen team, postmen, admin staff etc. who always greet me with a smile (behind a mask currently, but I can see it in their eyes)! In particular, the team on CTICU are the best team ever and I couldn’t be prouder to be their Matron.

What does nursing/midwifery mean to you?

Nursing isn’t a job for me, it is part of who I am. Nursing to me is the ability to see not just a patient, but a person. Someone’s grandmother, father, sister or child. Nursing has always been my passion and it is something I love doing. It is a privilege to be able to care for someone and their family when they need it most.

How has Covid-19 affected your role?

Watching our team roll up their sleeves in a time of crisis and uncertainty was remarkable. Covid-19 has been an incredibly difficult and stressful time for everyone. However, despite this, we persevered and treated every patient with the respect and dignity that they deserved. It has definitely made me think about what is important in life and reminded me to be grateful. It has shown me how strong and resilient the CTICU team are and how they can come together and support each other through even the toughest challenge. It has been a great honour to work alongside these incredibly brave and hardworking people.

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

Our healthcare workers are often mothers, fathers or have parents who they care for at home so I was so grateful and overwhelmed by the kindness of the St George’s Hospital Charity for supplying us with food and care packages regularly! One less thing for people to worry about! Over the years we have managed to make many improvements on the unit which have benefitted patients, relatives and staff with help from the Charity and we are very grateful to them for this. Thank you from all of us on CTICU!

 

Thank you Tammy, St George’s wouldn’t be the same without you!

 

 

 

 

 

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