Petra Russell

Works at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Petra is one of our paediatric community oncology nurses. During her career, she has cared for oncology patients of all ages, looking after them from diagnosis, getting to know them and their families, supporting them through their treatments, the good and not so good experiences until they reach the end of treatment or through palliative care. She works well as part of our oncology team and provides support and love to her patients and to the staff that work with her. Petra is a great support to families and to the ward staff. Nothing is ever too much trouble. She provides the ward with support and is very valued over on Wildgoose. She is due to retire next year and this would be an amazing achievement for her to finish her nursing career on.

Petra is always a calming influence in situations that are not always pleasant. She works hard to ensure her patients and their families receive the best care and supports the ward staff to deal with difficult situations. She is always on the end of the phone for families and staff alike and attends the homes of palliative patients at all hours of the day and night.

Petra puts her absolute all into what she does yet is always checking on us on the ward to ensure that we are ok and coping when we are caring for a palliative child. Petra is a lifeline to many of our oncology families.

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