Hello, I’m Ruth and because of you and your fundraising I am newly appointed as Congenital Cardiac Research Nurse.

 

I have been working as a Children’s Nurse for 14 years – initially in acute medicine in Bradford before coming to Leeds to work on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

 

I have a huge passion for travelling so after 18 months on PICU in Leeds I moved to the Middle East where I spent a year working on the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in a new children’s hospital. On my return to the UK I decided that I wanted to make a difference to my patients’ lives in a different way which is how I got into my current research position.

 

I feel incredibly proud that I am able to be part of the future of congenital heart disease (CHD) care. My everyday life at work involves identifying patients for our study, attending clinics, meeting patients and their families and being with patients every step of the way through the study visit. My favourite part of the job is definitely getting to know the patients whether it’s over the phone, via email or in person so please get in touch on social media or come say ‘Hi’ if you see me in clinic or on the ward.

 

Out of work I am a huge Take That and Harry Potter fan. I am a massive animal lover especially dogs, elephants and penguins and I recently returned from safari. I like going to the gym and I am addicted to EastEnders! I enjoy spending time with my friends and one of my best friends is one of the Children’s Cardiac Nurse Specialists!

 

A big challenge in my current role is changing people’s thoughts about research and becoming part of a study. Our study aims are to improve the care and quality of life of our patients, their families and future generations.

 

We want to make study visits as easy and stress free as possible.

 

This is where all of you come in; we need your help to help us make a real change to the care of the future of children and their families living with congenital heart disease and to make Leeds a centre of excellence for CHD care.

 

We will be telling you more about our study very soon so keep an eye out for our updates. We have many plans for future studies all centred around different congenital heart diseases so if you can’t help us with our initial study you will definitely be able to help us in the future!

 

Because of you Leeds has been given this opportunity to do something amazing. Thank you!