Role model, friend, teacher

Grocott's Mail - - PEOPLE - By ERICA GORNALL

Hav­ing had the hon­our and priv­i­lege to work un­der and with Dr Jame­son, I soon learnt that she was a bril­liant and stern, yet kind and car­ing per­son, who was ded­i­cated to her cause in help­ing sick and dy­ing pa­tients and their fam­i­lies. Dr Jame­son re­alised that there was a need for pal­lia­tive care for ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients in a spe­cially de­signed ward and with spe­cialised pal­lia­tive care, and there­fore was in­stru­men­tal in the es­tab­lish­ment of the Pal­lia­tive Care Unit at Set­tlers Hos­pi­tal.

The ward treated pri­vate and gen­eral hos­pi­tal pa­tients to­gether and she en­sured that all pa­tients were treated the same, with qual­ity holis­tic pal­lia­tive care, and with her con­tin­ued sup­port to com­mu­nity based Hos­pice care.

Dr Jame­son went over and above the call of duty in treat- ing pa­tients: she was al­ways on call and did ward rounds twice a day – far ex­ceed­ing the hours she was paid for.

She was very par­tic­u­lar in her course of treat­ing a pa­tient. She would al­ways in­ter­view the per­son to get all the in­for­ma­tion she needed to give the cor­rect treat­ment, and we all learned from her lis­ten­ing and treat­ment skills.

At the same time, she was an ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tor and used every op­por­tu­nity to teach oth­ers.

Dr Jame­son built up this unit with the help of Ro­tary and First Na­tional Bank and other pri­vate donors. It is with re­gret that the legacy of all her hard work and ded­i­ca­tion could not con­tinue, as the Pal­lia­tive care ward closed down.

Dur­ing her time, she and her sup­port staff helped so many fam­i­lies in the Gra­ham­stown area and be­yond.

She also gave sup­port to the main hos­pi­tal in trans­fer­ring pa­tients to the unit to en­sure they would re­ceive the best pal­lia­tive care pos­si­ble.

I am ex­tremely thank­ful for what she taught me: her knowl­edge that she used in ser­vice to oth­ers, es­pe­cially those in need; but also how to live fully till the end.

Sadly the very same knowl­edge I needed to use in car­ing for her. She was my role model, my friend and I ad­mire her for what she achieved. Dr Celia Jame­son you touched so many lives in liv­ing and when they were dy­ing and I will be for­ever grate­ful for the dif­fer­ence you made in my life and in the lives of oth­ers. • Erica Gornall is a re­tired nurs­ing sis­ter who was in charge of the for­mer Pal­lia­tive Care Unit at Set­tlers Hos­pi­tal.

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