A hospital director praised the hard work of ‘emotional leaders’ at Nuffield Health Bournemouth in honour of national Nurses Day, Thursday May 12.


David McNair highlighted the work ‘our unsung heroes’ do across the world to safely welcome a new life, provide comfort while saying goodbye and offer care through all the challenges in between.


Hospital Director at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital, David McNair, commented: “As emotional leaders, our nurses have a big impact upon the wellbeing of their patients during their time in our care. Through their diligence and skilled care, they work tirelessly to safeguard the health of the community. We celebrate Nurses Day each year on Florence Nightingale’s birthday to mark this contribution to society. ”


The nursing team at the hospital are overseen by Matron Anne Richardson who is responsible for all the clinical teams, including radiology, pharmacy, wards, theatres and out-patients.


With more than 25 years’ experience in nursing, Anne has been the matron at Nuffield Health Bournemouth for nearly eight years. Anne said: “My role is to make sure our patients are well cared for and that the care is effective and safe. I oversee a wonderful clinical care team, who are dedicated to making sure the whole of the patient journey is the best it can possibly be.”


To maintain the hospital’s high standards of patient care, Anne visits the clinical areas and observes a great deal personally. Anne explained: “It is important to me to be visible in the clinical areas, so if patients, consultants or staff have concerns they are able to raise these with me. I like to meet our patients and get to know them and gather feedback on the care they have received. Nurses report back to me regarding how they are managing and able to give that care.”


Deputy Matron, Anita Brennan, manages the wards and outpatients and is responsible for deputising for Anne in her absence. Having previously worked at the intensive care unit at the Royal Free Anita’s level of critical care experience complements Anne’s background in intensive care which played a vital role in the launch of the new cardiac catheter lab at the beginning of the year.


Anne added: “As Matron, you never know what life is going to throw at you and that is what is so great about my job. There is no such thing as a typical day, no matter what is planned a patient will always take priority.”


Those interested in booking a private consultation with Matron or her team are invited to call 01202 375032.