Role model, friend, teacher
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.