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Heroes of the RUH – Lynn Howes

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Meet Lynn Howes, Senior Sister in the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Orthodontics Unit at the Royal United Hospitals Bath.

“I was inspired to be a nurse at a young age of six years old after my sister fell off a climbing frame and cut her head open. My neighbour who was a nurse at the time, immediately went to her aid and cared for her with such compassion, whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

As I watched her tend to the wounds and reassure my sister that everything was going to ok, I knew there and then that I wanted to be a nurse! From that moment on, I was that little girl who always wore her nurses dressing up outfit wherever she went!

I qualified as a nurse after 10 years of preparation and even now, this is still one of my proudest moments in my life. Work placements took me to Shepton Mallet and Chippenham, with my final one at the RUH where I was extremely lucky to be placed on the Intensive Care Unit. From that day, I knew that the RUH was where I wanted to fulfil my dream as a Nurse.

The Oral Maxifacial Surgery & Orthodontics is an extremely rewarding, interesting and a very busy unit treating some of our most vulnerable and sick patients, I am extremely honoured in my role to run the wound clinics enabling me to meet and care for patients of all ages.

I work with a fantastic team who work extremely hard and I am very proud of what they do every single day. It was an extremely difficult time and a huge pressure for all the team during Covid 19, with many redeployed to other wards across the trust and in areas they had never worked before. The impact of this left us with skeleton staff, but still running a full service to see our patients who still required treatment, it was a case of ‘all hands-on deck’, ‘keep calm and carry on’ – my team all pulled together with the knowledge that our patients would need us more than ever, whilst keeping them safe and every effort was made to continue this throughout the pandemic. We are proud of ourselves for making sure that every single one of our patients was seen and treated on the same day.

All our clinics will continue to run up to Christmas and I am one of the lucky staff members this year, as I will be able to spend Christmas day with my family and Bella the dog, enjoying all the traditions– to me this is Christmas.

If there is one thing that this pandemic has taught me is to do is embrace life – and that is just what I am going to do, as I have the most wonderful news that I am going to be a Granny next year, my team don’t even know this yet!

I look back over the last few months and I cannot believe how incredibly resilient and strong everyone has been and how we have all pulled through together during difficult circumstances.

Showing your support will make a huge difference to patient’s quality of care over Christmas, thank you!”

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