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London nurse appointed 'honorary nurse' to the Queen

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Jane Carey-Harris, a former theatre nurse, has been given the title in recognition of her contribution to military nursing.

The appointment of Queen’s Honorary Nurse falls to only two army nurses at a time, one regular and one reserve. 

The current regular incumbent is Colonel Pete Childerley, director of army nursing. 

Ms Carey-Harris took up the reserve appointment on 1 March.

The duties of the Queen’s honorary nurse are mainly of a representational nature and include, for example, attendance at investitures and other formal events where the Queen is present.

Ms Carey-Harris has served in the Territorial Army since 1977 and was the senior theatre sister with 34 Field Hospital on its deployment to Iraq in 2003.

She was promoted to colonel in 2010 and is commanding officer of 306 Hospital Support Medical Regiment (Volunteers). She is also currently assistant director of transition for NHS South West London.

NHS London chief nurse Trish Morris-Thompson said: “We are very proud of Jane’s achievement in being appointed as one of two honorary nurses to the Queen.

“This accolade is testament to Jane’s dedication to the nursing profession and expertise in her field, and her work should be held up as an example to follow of the high quality of care, compassion and dedication we expect of all our nurses in London.”

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  • Wow what an honour to have the title of the Queens Nurse. I remember way back in the 70's when I was applying for my nurse training, I asked the leader of the St Johns ambulance brigade or was it the British red cross? Anyway i was a member of them both when i was about 15 and the leader was a Queens Nurse who I got for my reference and I was as proud as punch to have someone so "important" giving me a glowing reference!

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  • A friend of mine who also served in the TA, many moons ago, was honorary surgeon to the queen. A proud title but as it says above the post is representative and does not mean you actually treat the royal family.

    He had the privilege of attending Princess Margaret's wedding and was expected to attend anybody who fainted or took ill in the Abbey. However, when the first person fainted he went and performed his duties but on bending over his patient he split his trousers right up the back seam! Unfortunately this dress uniform of the RAMC consisted of a very short waist-length jacket rather resembling that of a matador (and he had to wear boots with spurs even though he had never ridden a horse). He spent the rest of service seated and in prayer that nobody else would be taken ill on this occasion! I am not sure what followed when all the guests left the Abbey regarding the protocol he had to follow but I do know that he was one of the last to leave.

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