PATIENTS and nursing staff at a South Yorkshire hospital will now be under the care of a new chief nurse, who has held posts around the region.
Heather McNair has taken charge at Barnsley Hospital and replaces Juliette Greenwood, who has now moved to take up the same role at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms McNair previously worked in West Yorkshire at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust where she was the deputy director of nursing.
The 47-year-old, who is also a qualified midwife, said: “I’m very excited to be part of the team at Barnsley Hospital.
“It’s a real opportunity to help make a difference in what are challenging times for everyone in the NHS.”
Ms McNair spent the first part of her NHS career in Leeds, working in a variety of midwifery posts including as labour ward sister at Leeds General Infirmary.
She became head of midwifery at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1998 before becoming deputy director of nursing in 2001 – a post she held for 10 years.
Barnsley Hospital’s chief executive, Paul O’Connor, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Heather on board.
“Her credentials are second to none and I’m sure she will make a significant contribution to nurse leadership and management here at Barnsley.”
Managers at Barnsley Hospital will also today host an event which will mark the appreciation of patients who have been treated by Ms McNair’s nursing team.
Pupils from Barnsley’s Hoyland Greenfield School will present the hospital with a display of thank- you cards received from patients.
The schoolchildren dedicated a day to create the 4ft by 5ft montage for the hospital, where it will be displayed for visitors, patients and staff to see.
The patient and public involvement officer at the hospital, Janet Carbutt-Lang, said: “The hospital receives a large number of thank- you cards from patients, some with the loveliest messages written in, and all too often only a few people get to see them.
“We thought it would be valuable for more people to see just a snippet of the kinds of cards we receive and Hoyland Greenfield pupils kindly offered to use their expertise in artistic displays to create it.”