Nurses' union leader meets frontline staff at Benenden Hospital
16th November 2012
Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing met up with frontline nursing staff when he visited Benenden Hospital this week.
During the visit to the Kent-based independent trust hospital, Dr Carter
was accompanied by Sue Huggins, the Royal College of Nursing regional officer. On his arrival he held talks with Hospital Director, Jane Abbott and Modern Matron, Dee Farris, before touring the wards where he spoke with nursing staff and patients.
During his tour of the Hospital, he spoke with student nurses Catherine Nganga and Julie Ball, who are both on placement whilst studying at the University of Brighton. Dr Carter also met ophthalmology nurse Helen Doe and Outpatient Services Manager Ali Curtis who highlighted the opportunities available to nursing staff at Benenden Hospital for continuing training and study.
Children’s Services Manager at Benenden Hospital, Eliza Matthews gave Dr Carter an overview of the treatments, facilities and care offered to young patients at the Hospital’s leading paediatrics unit.
Dr Carter also took time on his tour to speak to one patient who was at Benenden Hospital for an endoscopy.
‘The patient was nervous and anxious about the procedure and was expecting to have sedation. She told me the nurses were so reassuring and had relaxed her so that in the end, she didn’t need sedation and that had totally transformed her experience. That, I think, speaks volumes about the individual care that nurses afford each patient.’
Later in the day Dr Carter hosted a question and answer session for Benenden Hospital staff where he spoke of the challenges of working in the health service today.
‘We know money has got to be saved but we need to intelligently redesign services rather than slash posts. There are better, newer ways of doing things and if a not-for-profit organisation can take services forward and deliver excellent standards of care the RCN doesn’t have a problem with that. I was very impressed by the set up and by the people I met at Benenden Hospital.’