In the Spotlight: Helen Morris
This is Helen Morris. She leads a team of amazing nurses on Starlight Ward at Bristol Children's Hospital, caring for children diagnosed with cancer.
On International Women's Day we’re shouting about the amazing efforts of her and her fellow hospital staff who work day in and day out to support patients and their families going through an extraordinarily difficult time. With support from YOU, our fundraising family, we’ve worked in partnership with Helen and the terrific team on the Children’s Cancer Unit. Today we chatted with her to find out a little more about the life of this remarkable Oncology Matron.
Tell us a bit about your role Helen.
I lead a team of incredible nurses on Starlight Ward at Bristol Children’s Hospital to care for patients and their families going through treatment for cancer and ensure that they are supported emotionally and practically throughout their time on the ward.
Why did you want to be in this department of the health service?
Ever since I began working in Oncology over 20 years ago, I‘ve never looked back! The nature of the job means that my colleagues and I get to know our patients and families over a long period of time, and that’s really special for me. My team not only treat patients but provide the emotional support they need, to get children and their loved ones through the toughest times.
What’s your favourite bit of the job?
Seeing the faces of children and their families when they finish their treatment and years on, hearing about what they go on to achieve in life. When children finish their treatment, they are invited to ring an end-of-treatment bell to celebrate. I always feel incredibly grateful to be able to share that magical moment with our patients and their families.
Are there any interesting projects going on in the department at the moment?
We work with The Grand Appeal to improve the experience that patients have on the wards, helping them to lead as normal a childhood as possible in such difficult circumstances. We now have two new Grand Appeal Oncology Play Assistants. The children absolutely love it when they visit the ward and these sessions make a huge difference to their emotional wellbeing, helping them to escape from an incredibly stressful time.
Surprise us with a fact about yourself
I sing in a choir and had the chance to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York at the beginning of the year - scary but very exciting!