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Accolades for retiring Frome nurse

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Jude Curtis

FROME nurse, Jude Curtis,who has worked for the NHS for 40 years, is retiring this year after serving Frome as a community nurse and  nurse practitioner for the past 20 years. 

Jude said, “I first began my training to become a general nurse at the age of 18, in London. I started as a general nurse but my main role has been in district nursing, predominately in Frome for 20 years, where I worked as a team leader and loved it.  

“Frome Medical Practice then offered me a promotion to nurse practitioner where I also do a lot of GPs’ home visits to take away the bulk and pressure from them. 

“To help, I am also an independent prescriber which is a quick responsive service that allows me to prescribe medications to people in their home. 

“My main interest of work is in palliative care, helping those who need extra support at the end of their lives, to keep them at home rather than needing to come to the hospital. 

“Working for the NHS is very fulfilling, but challenging and definitely active. It’s a busy world working for the NHS – more so now than at any other point in my career. 

“I am a strong advocate of health care for everyone, so I am very proud of the NHS and we are very lucky to have such a service in the UK. I have never worked outside of the NHS and couldn’t be happier. 

“The medical practice is such a lovely working environment. My colleagues are so supportive, we have such fun and they are a great team to have. It will be a big wrench to leave them when I retire. 

“I have lots of plans for my retirement, it will give me more time to be more active in the local community groups that I am a member of, and I want to take up some volunteering roles. 

“Sadly my father is very ill, so it would mean that I can spend more time caring for him. More positively, I can finally get another dalmation puppy! They are very outdoor, energetic breeds of dog and i’m excited to take them out where I live, on the Salisbury plain, to go cycling and running with them alongside me. 

“I also have three sons, two of which live in Germany, so now I’m not restricted to holidays and can spend more time with them.” 

Dr Helen Kingston, senior partner at Frome Medical Practice said, “For over 40 years Jude has shone in her career as a nurse. She has been a loyal and highly capable team member both as a district nurse and then  as employee of our practice at Frome Medical Practice where she performs a vital role as an advanced nurse practitioner undertaking home visit to individuals. 

“She plays a pivotal role both supporting individuals who are acutely unwell and needing rapid medical help and also supporting those in our community towards approaching the end of their life. She always puts the needs of her patients first and with a proactive and can do approach, does it all with good humour, compassion and sensitivity that makes us all so proud of her.”

 Dr Tom Cahill, partner at Frome Medical Practice added, “She helps patients die with minimal symptoms and maximum dignity in their own home and she is very supportive of relatives.

“She is also a wonderful supportive colleague. This is one person I would definitely go into the jungle with! She always brings a solution for a problem; she has a great sense of humour and is lots of fun. She has a pragmatic no-nonsense approach to work and life. She has battled cancer herself and won.

“‘It is all very well being merry when life rolls along like a song, but a woman worthwhile is a woman with a smile when everything goes dead wrong!’ That’s Jude!”

2 Responses to Accolades for retiring Frome nurse

  1. Terry Burton

    February 6, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Jude often comes to visit the people who live at Hanover Gardens in Frome in her capacity as District Nurse. She is like a ray of sunshine, very professional and someone who is so respected. You feel you can approach Jude as she never comes across as someone who is supercilious. Hang vet Gardens residents would like to wish Jude a happy retirement and best wishes

  2. Emily Hobbs (Everett)

    February 6, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    This wonderful human being supported my family and cared so beautifully for my dear mum as she approached the end of her life. In a time of fear, this woman brought comfort, in a time of sadness, this woman brought great humour and in a world that can so often lack it – she brought the power of human spirit; fighting for my mum with her medical knowledge and wisdom when my mum no longer had the strength! Thank you for giving my mum dignity in death, an extra peaceful moment with my family and the comfort that we did all we could- for that I will always be eternally grateful! And so a very very happy and well deserved retirement xx

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