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15th birthday memories: Caroline McCullough

Monday 29 October 2018

We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful team at Chestnut Tree House.  Caroline McCullough, our Clinical Nurse Manager, joined Chestnut Tree House as a children’s nurse in the autumn of 2003. She has kindly shared some of her memories of the last 15 years.

Caroline McCullough July 2018

“The hospice building was fully finished and all the Care Team started on the same day. We had an induction period when we were trained to use all the new equipment and we went out on community visits to get to know the children before they came in to stay.

“It has been really nice to see the hospice grow, to get more referrals as more healthcare professionals got to know us and our work – and it has been a lot of fun along the way.

“There have been challenges too – keeping up with the increasingly complex needs of the children we care for and gaining new skills so that we can look after children who are on ventilators, give intravenous feeding, etc. One of my best memories was going to Jacob’s home – the young man featured in our Summer Appeal (please see page 5) – to learn to care for a child who is dependent on a ventilator.

“I love my job, getting to know the children and families – some over very long periods of time – and being part of their journey. I also love being part of a team that provides great care – my colleagues are all so caring and passionate about Chestnut Tree House.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last 15 years, enabling us to provide care for these wonderful children and families and give them the choice of where they want to be for end-of-life care.”