Meeting the Team
Why didyou decideto
I always wanted to be a doctor from the
age of 5. Then as I got older, at A-levels
I naturally liked science and maths so
I guess it marries my caring and more
scientific sides well.
What madeyou pursue
I started doing research in IVF in 1991
whilst an Obs and Gynae Registrar at St
Thomas’ and found it fascinating. I then
ended up working in the IVF unit at Guy’s
and St Thomas’ and then running it until
2005. I then moved to the Lister to fit in
with family commitments after I had my
daughter in 2004. I could only be tempted
away to the Lister unit because I knew
it was so good!
What isthe most
rewarding part ofyour job?
That’s easy in my job! Seeing couples
getting pregnant and, more importantly,
having a baby. It’s very rewarding seeing
people being able to make the journey
What doyou enjoy doing
I love outdoor activities – swimming,
walking, skiing...We’ve just moved to the
countryside, so we do a lot of outdoor
stuff. I’m also part of a (very amateur)
band – I play the keyboards and my
partner plays the drums!
What isthetitle ofyour
‘best read’ so far?
‘Kite Runner’ is a very good recent
one; other than that, children’s
Ifyou could invitethree
peopleto dinner, living or
Gordon Ramsey – to cook and entertain,
Dawn French – because I think she is
very funny, and James Blunt – to play in
Where didyou grow up?
Doyou have a special/
I grew up in Cambridge. My abiding
memory is of it being very flat so I
yearned for hills! I have many happy
Lister Fertility Clinic
31 Old Broad Street
Qualified as a nurse in 1994 and started
as a Cardiac Nurse in 1995 – developed
special interest in ablations and devices then.
EP research nurse in 1999-2001 and
moved to LBH in 2001.
Set up EP nurse specialist role in 2005 –
initially a few hours a week.
We perform over 400 ablations a year,
many for AF.
I contact all patients prior to admission
for support, education and specific
information, such as what drugs to start/
stop and what to do about anticoagulation.
I refer patients to anticoagulation services
as necessary – both private and NHS –
and support patients and their families
before, during and after admission.
I provide information to GPs and
referring doctors about the procedures.
I am a member of British Cardiac Society,
Heart Rhythm UK and Heart Rhythm
I teach on in-house and external
Electrophysiology courses and present
at sessions for GPs and other health
I collect audit data on all our EP patients
for the national EP database and work
closely with the whole EP team to
improve quality and service.
As Cardiac Liaison Nurse on the third
floor my role covers different aspects
of patient care. I’m largely involved in
the pre-assessment phone calls of
patients undergoing Coronary
Angioplasty, Coronary Artery Bypass
Grafts and Valve Surgery.
It’s necessary that patients are offered
support and information to relieve anxiety
pre and post operatively and I’m able to
spend time with them and their families.
All patients who have undergone
Myocardial Revascularisation are referred
to their local Cardiac Rehabilitation Team
on discharge home and our follow-up calls
ensure that support is continued at home.
I joined LBH in 1999 and I set up the
Cardiac Liaison role in 2004. I come from
a fitness training background and have
completed the Phase IV British Association
for Cardiac Rehabilitation Course.
In my role, I support cardiology services
at London Bridge Hospital providing
specialist nursing care to a wide spectrum
of cardiac patients. I work autonomously
to support the Consultants and nursing
teams and other multidisciplinary teams.
Many of the cardiac patients have a
complex medical history and require
individualised care, for example heart
failure patients and patients who need
to have a Permanent Pacemaker or
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
inserted. I will see the patients mostly
during their inpatient stay, but I also do
follow-up calls over the phone, and act
as a point of contact. In a nutshell, a big
part of my role is to ensure a smooth
patient journey. On a wider spectrum,
I also act as an educational resource
to both patients and their families and
carers and all clinical staff within the
Cardiac Specialist Nurses