A globe-trotting nurse who says she was born to enter the profession has been appointed as the new matron of a private hospital in North Wales to help support further expansion of the facilities.
Pamela Mackie will act as clinical lead at Spire Yale Hospital in Wrexham and has joined the organisation hot on the heels of helping to establish a revolutionary new clinic in her native South Africa.
“Her appointment is a real coup for us”
Having seen the launch of Club Surgical Centre, a consultant-owned-and-run hospital in Pretoria, through to the commissioning stage, Ms Mackie has now come to the UK to start pastures new.
Ms Mackie said she was “tremendously looking forward” to helping lead Spire Yale Hospital and its sister consulting rooms at Spire Abergele.
She described herself as having been “born to nurse”.
“It is my vocation,” Ms Mackie added. “Patients are my passion and I’ve always been driven to help people.
“There were no other medical professionals in my family, but from early childhood I just knew this was what I was meant to do,” she said.
Ms Mackie grew up close to the Indian Ocean on South Africa’s Eastern Cape, where she started volunteering as a carer at a local hospital while still at school aged 16.
“Patients are my passion and I’ve always been driven to help people”
After gaining her nurse qualification in her home country, Ms Mackie held roles in Saudi Arabia, as well as in the UK in Bristol, Leeds and London across her 40-year nursing career.
Ms Mackie said she was a strong believer in “visible leadership” and planned to be involved in the day to day operation of the hospital as well as giving staff hands-on support.
“The more secure and able our staff feel, then the better the patient experience,” she said. “They will also feel safe and well cared for in a calm and professional environment.”
Spire Yale celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018, having doubled in size since first opening in 1988. Plans are now in hand to look at further expansion of the facilities.
Sue Jones, director of Spire Yale Hospital, said: “We are very lucky to have Pam on our team. Her appointment is a real coup for us.
“Her CV and her professionalism are second to none,” she added. “She brings with her huge expertise, and unrivalled knowledge of the private health care system attained from her experiences working all around the globe.”