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Who are our heroes and villains for March?

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Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?

This year we are kicking off a new slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.

Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains

Each month, we will be taking a generally light-hearted look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.

Let us know if you agree with our choices for March and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).



Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire nurse returns to work thanks to bionic prosthetic

Liz Wright with orthopaedic hand surgeon Meg Birks

Liz Wright has returned to work as a staff nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, after having a bionic arm and hand fitted by surgeons.

The state of the art technology has allowed Ms Wright to rejoin the trust’s pre-operative assessment unit, following the amputation of her right arm due to the worsening of a genetic condition – Madelung’s deformity – that causes pain in her arms and wrists.

“This has allowed me to continue in a job I am passionate about and, as I am aware, I am the only working nurse with a bionic arm. It is fantastic to be back in my uniform,” she said.

This has to be the ultimate return to practice story.



Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Heroes and Villains

Geoff Walsh

Geoff Walsh, director of capital, estates and operational services at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, has defended the issuing of a parking ticket to a nurse, despite a large sign on the dashboard, which read “cardiac emergency nurse on call”.

The parking charge notice was placed on a car at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff by an attendant from private company Indigo on 19 February, according to a report by Wales Online.

“We do not recognise homemade non-official signage,” said Mr Walsh, failing to recognise the innovative approach to dealing with a chronic lack of parking capacity that has led to staff turning up two hours before their shift to secure a space.

Presumably Mr Walsh has his own protected parking space.

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