Thank you to Community Children’s Nurses Tracey and Sarah who will be bustling about Walsall on Christmas Day caring for young patients in their homes.
Tracey Fox, who has 20 years’ experience as a children’s nurse, will be making home visits which can see her supporting children with feeding problems, replacing essential tubes/lines and treating conditions such as asthma and eczema.
“It’s nice seeing the families at Christmas and to watch them celebrate in their own homes – particularly in difficult circumstances,” said Tracey, who joined the team in 2013.
“They often offer us a mince pie too which is lovely.”
Tracey will be working from 8am – 12noon and handing over the baton to colleague Sarah who will then be working until 4pm.
Sarah Butler trained at Walsall’s own Sister Dora School of Nursing and has since, like Tracey, spent the best part of her nursing career within Walsall Healthcare’s Women’s and Children’s Services (four of which have been within the CCN team).
“It’s all about keeping the children at home for Christmas” she explained. “It can be really challenging to see them so poorly, particularly if they are end of life patients, but we have to keep delivering the best quality care so we can prevent them spiralling and being admitted into hospital.”
And albeit slightly later in the day, both nurses - who are used to working on December 25 - will arrive home to their turkey dinners, as prepared by their loved ones.
Sarah said “I’d rather be working than peeling vegetables so it works out well for me!”
“My children are 16 and 19,” added Tracey, “so I’m hoping they can wait for their mum to get home before tucking into the roast or opening their presents!”