11 September 2017
I originally started working as a hyperbaric nurse for DDRC Healthcare in 2006, but in 2011 I left to move to Hawaii with my family. Hawaii is an amazing place to live and I’m lucky to have experienced such a wonderful culture, the weather too was fabulous all year round and the scenery was breath taking every single day. But, I did miss being a nurse and never in a million years did I think I would ever move back to Plymouth 3 years later. However, I must have been in the right place at the right time, because on my return to the UK, I was lucky enough to find their was a vacancy that enabled me to come back to DDRC Healthcare.
In my nursing career, which has spanned 3 decades, I have worked in the NHS in an array of different areas from general surgery, theatre and recovery, oncology and orthopaedics, here in Plymouth and in Stoke-on-Trent. I was also proud to serve in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps as a nurse for a number of years before I left to get married.
Working for DDRC Healthcare has been the best job by far, it’s such a unique place to work. We are probably best known for treating divers with ‘the bends’ (decompression illness), but we are so much more than that, we treat an array of conditions from problem wounds or radiation tissue damage to carbon monoxide poisoning and gas embolisms.
We have a small team of very experienced nurses, working closely with our Chamber Team and doctors, giving medical handover of patients to the team at the morning briefing and participating in the weekly Multi-Disciplinary Team meeting, discussing and organising work for the week ahead.
We care for our patients in and outside of the chamber, ensuring that all their daily living needs are met. We may also be called upon to accompany very poorly patients into the chamber for their treatment.
Wound care can be a big part of our daily tasks, looking after our patients that have a variety of different wounds and liaising with their GP practices and community teams. We also undertake patient assessments and medicals on commercial and sports divers as well as a variety of other seafarer medicals.
Working at DDRC Healthcare is more than just a 9 to 5 job. We are a family of hard working, dedicated people who love what we do. I count my blessings every day that I have the best job ever and boy is it good to be back!