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Cancer nurse to carry Olympic torch

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An oncology nurse from Sussex will carry the London 2012 Olympic Games torch as part of its journey round the country.  

Karen West is an oncology lead nurse at Goring Hall Hospital in Sussex, which is run by private provider BMI.

She is one of about 8,000 people who will take part in the relay covering 8,000 miles around the UK from 19 May 2012. It will pass through Sussex in July.

Ms West said: “I’m absolutely chuffed, I actually can’t believe it to be honest. It’s a once in a life-time opportunity, to be involved in such a historical event.”

She was nominated to carry the torch by one of her patients, Anita Newman.

Ms Newman, who has been receiving breast cancer treatment at Goring Hall Hospital, said: “Karen’s care during my treatment has been amazing – she’s been like a mum. Karen always seems to go the extra mile and is never fazed by anything and no matter what; always seems to be there to support.”

She added: “It’s really important to say that all of the nurses who have looked after me have been brilliant.”

Ms West qualified as a nurse in 1972 at Worthing Hospital and was part of the original team when BMI Goring Hall Hospital opened in 1994. She qualified as an oncology nurse in 2010.

Pictured are oncology lead nurse Karen West (left) and BMI Goring Hall Hospital executive director Una Palmer

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