Great-gran can­cer nurse is still car­ing for pa­tients at 80

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

IRENE Budd has watched The Christie grow from a ‘cottage hos­pi­tal’ to a world leader in treat­ing can­cer.

The nurse is now 80 – and is still car­ing for pa­tients. Thou­sands have passed through her hands, and Irene, who works ev­ery Fri­day on the In­te­grated Pro­ce­dures Unit, says she has no in­ten­tion of stop­ping any time soon.

The great-grand­mother, who lives in Au­den­shaw with her hus­band Wil­frid, was awarded a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal for ser­vices to nurs­ing in 2014 and has now been nom­i­nated for an­other top award for her in­cred­i­ble ded­i­ca­tion to the NHS.

Irene first be­gan work­ing at The Christie in 1979 as a ra­dio­ther­apy nurse on Ward 1.

“It was like a cottage hos­pi­tal when I first came here,” she said.

“I knew I wanted to be a nurse from the age of 15. It was just some­thing in me, I wanted to care for other peo­ple.

“My hus­band said I would never do it be­cause I’m too soft but I showed him and I’m still here do­ing it.”

In 2000, Irene de­cided it was time to re­tire, but her re­tire­ment was short-lived and within months she was back work­ing part-time at the Withing­ton hos­pi­tal.

The mother-of-three, who is trea­surer of a lo­cal his­tory so­ci­ety and loves go­ing for walks with her two dogs, added: “Nurs­ing has changed a lot over the past 40 years – treat­ments and tech­nol­ogy have ad­vanced and there are more op­tions avail­able to pa­tients.

“I wouldn’t change it for the world and will not be putting a time limit on how long I will con­tinue nurs­ing, I just live for each day.”

Irene has been nom­i­nated for the Kate Granger Awards for Com­pas­sion­ate Care.

The awards were launched in mem­ory of Dr Kate Granger, the founder of the glob­ally recog­nised #hel­lomy­nameis cam­paign to en­cour­age all health and care staff to de­liver care with com­pas­sion, fol­low­ing her death in July 2016.

The award cer­e­mony takes place at the NHS Eng­land Health and Care In­no­va­tion Expo at Manch­ester Cen­tral.

Christie chief nurse Jackie Bird said: “We are thrilled that Irene has been nom­i­nated for a Kate Granger award.

“It is tes­ta­ment to the care and com­pas­sion she has shown dur­ing so many years work­ing here at The Christie.”

●●Staff nurse Irene Budd is still work­ing at The Christie at the age of 80

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