I’m re-blogging today’s Heart Poems in thanks for world pioneering heart research, a five-day-old’s life-saving open heart surgery at J G Stijdom in Johannesburg, South Africa, a four-year-old’s angioplasty at Leicester’s (former) Groby Road hospital and excellent ongoing cardiac care at Glenfield hospital,Leicester. Our ‘coarc baby’ celebrates his 29th birthday today
Rebecca Goss writes: Within hours of my daughter Ella’s admission to Alder Hey Children’s Hopsital in 2007, we were introduced to Gill, our paediatric cardiac liaison nurse (PCLN). I had never heard of such a role within a hospital before, but soon realised how vital that role was. Gill was there to answer any questions we had about our daughter’s condition, explain hospital procedures and give practical advice. The emotional support she provided to me, my husband and my extended family was invaluable too.
I’m still in touch with Gill, years after Ella’s death and I asked her how she would describe the role of PCLN, (or Cardiac Nurse Specialist as they’re now more commonly known) in the world of cardiac care: ‘ We provide support, information and ensure you understand that information. We are a lynchpin between the family and the cardiologist. We are…
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