We know you love hearing about the fabulous staff at the Sussex Cancer Centre at University Hospitals Sussex and we love to share with you the fantastic work they do. So our next Spotlight on Staff feature is on Lucy Armstead, Haematology/Oncology Unit Manager. We caught up with Lucy to ask her a little more about her role and how the Sussex Cancer Fund has helped.
What is your role at the hospital?
“I manage the Haematology/Oncology Ward and the Haematology Day Unit”
How long have you worked here?
“I got a job as a newly qualified nurse on the new haematology ward (the old Howard 2) 18 years ago.
What is the best bit about your job?
Everything! I love coming to work with all the rewards and challenges each day brings. I think if I had to pick though I would say the people and that includes my Team AND our patients, most of whom we have known for a very long time. The Team has changed over the years but we have always been strong, and close, and have always worked well together. Patients can see this and they feel part of our family.”
What is your connection with the Sussex Cancer Fund?
“We have had patient donations to the SCF, from patients/relatives doing charity bike rides, from relatives of patients who have sadly died, and from Day Unit patients, to help us buy all new much-needed recliner chairs for our day unit.”
How has the Sussex Cancer Fund helped you?
“Always supportive and friendly and help me pick the right equipment for the Unit.
They are also super lovely to those who donate their time and money for us to be able to improve our area.”
How the Sussex Cancer Fund has made a difference?
“Our patients are often in for long hours and often more than once a week. To be able to sit (or lie now) in comfort makes their experience a better one I hope.”
Is there anything else you would like to share with our followers?
“Thank you once again for your help with this, you do a great job so why not let us shout about it”
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