Cancer patient says ‘thanks’ to nurses

TOP WORKERS ... Roseann Potts, front, with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust nurses Christina Gibson and Eleanor Thompson.
TOP WORKERS ... Roseann Potts, front, with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust nurses Christina Gibson and Eleanor Thompson.

A CANCER patient has said a very special ‘thank you’ to two nurses who helped her fight the disease.

Community staff nurse Eleanor Thompson and South Tyneside District Hospital’s staff nurse Christina Gibson have been nominated by Roseann Potts for the Cancer Connection charity’s new ‘Give Back’ scheme.

The initiative aims to recognise the hard work and dedication of nurses, and the duo were invited to the charity’s base in Harton Lane, South Shields, for an evening of pampering, massage and nail-painting.

Mrs Potts, of Jarrow, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2006 and bowel cancer in 2010.

Both resulted in her needing several operations and chemotherapy.

The 51-year-old said: “I have been cared for by quite a few nurses and they were all very good, but Eleanor and Christina are just that bit special.

“Eleanor comes in most days and it’s as if she’s one of the family.

“She just makes me feel totally safe and, when she says she’s going to do something, she always does it.

“When I was on ward three at hospital for quite a while after I had one of my operations, Christina gave me all the care and reassurance I could have wished for.

“I think she could tell I was worried about what was happening, and she just made me feel so safe and cared for.

“I am so pleased we were able to give them both a little treat. We all sat around and had tea and a chat. It was lovely.”

Mrs Potts also received support, including counselling and therapy, from Cancer Connections and went on to do training in inter-personal skills, counselling and Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation and to promote healing, so she could help others as a charity volunteer.

Ms Thompson said: “I was gobsmacked when I heard Roseann had nominated me, and I felt very honoured and humbled. I’m just part of a team doing a job, and when it involves people like Roseann, it’s an absolute pleasure.”

Cancer Connections services manager Deborah Roberts, who is also one of the charity’s co-founders, said: “We always planned to have ‘Give Back’ days to recognise how special some nurses really are, so when Roseann asked if she could make a couple of nominations, we were delighted to set the ball rolling.

“We have really good working relationships with the wonderful nurses with whom we come into contact, both in the hospital and the community. It is all about working together to improve the journey for cancer patients.”

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