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Cancer patient writes to trust to thank nurse for ‘beautiful kindness’

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A cancer patient has thanked her nurse for the “beautiful kindness” she has shown while being treated at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.

Maria MacMahon, who was diagnosed with stage four cancer recently, is under the care of senior staff nurse Jayne Goodwin.

“Somehow, I’ve been able to ignore the panic of my diagnoses”

Maria MacMahon

Ms MacMahon wrote to the trust’s chief executive to say thank you for the outstanding care she had received, but particularly praised Ms Goodwin, who is taking care of her on the oncology ward at Royal Stoke Hospital.

Ms MacMahon said: “I’m not sure how it is even possible for someone to inspire such trust in me at this very difficult time.

“Somehow, I’ve been able to ignore the panic of my diagnoses, which was very sudden, and listen to Jayne’s voice, which has become a guiding light for me,” she said.

“I feel such faith and confidence in her care, and it’s not just the beautiful kindness in her eyes and face,” she said. “It’s the confidence she inspires because of her abilities and capabilities.

“I hope others in my position are as incredibly fortunate as I have been to be sheltered and cared for by her,” said Ms Goodwin.

“I’d like to say thank you to the NHS from the bottom of my heart for gifting me the care of Jayne Goodwin, a legend,” she added.

As a result of the letter, Ms Goodwin has been given a “hero award” by the trust in acknowledgement of the exceptional care she has provided.

She said: “It’s so lovely to hear Maria’s words. Really, I just view it as doing my job, but it’s a very nice surprise to receive the recogniton, especially from one of my patients.”

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