Sarah Danks, Registered Nurse

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Why did you become a Nurse?

I worked as a carer from the age of 16 but initially my intention was to complete my nurse training and then become a midwife – once I started my training I knew that actually adult nursing was what I was meant to do.

Why have you specialised in palliative care?

I always had a passion for palliative care through my training but was always told not to go straight into it because I would burn out too young, so instead I went into Intensive Care – where I spent a lot of time caring for dying patients and their families. I always knew palliative care was the specialty for me and I love being able to care for patients and their families at what for many is the most difficult stage of their lives.

What do you love about being at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and helping our community?

At the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre we build relationships with patients and their families, they trust us to help them. We are a small team but work well together and other services at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity to enable the patient to be cared for holistically.

What do you like most about being a Nurse? 

Being able to make a patient feel they are being listened to and we are doing all we can to help them, when a patient is so grateful for the help you have given, that’s when you know you’re doing the right job!

Where and when do you work? 

I work at the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech, I work Monday – Friday.

We provide specialist care and support to our Patients.

Every day is different, our services include blood transfusion, oncology support and a Living Well service that we provide 2 days a week.

What’s the best thing about what you do?

We are able to adapt the services we deliver to be able to meet the individual needs of our patients, every patient will receive outstanding care.

What has surprised you about what how you and/or your team have adapted since the pandemic hit?

The way as a team we were able to adapt the way we worked through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

We could still offer vital face to face appointments in a safe environment.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that people might not know or be surprised to learn:

I love to bake – Everyone loves Cake!

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