Name: Hanna Lovelace
Job Title: Community Stoma Care Nurse
What led you to join SecuriCare?
I became interested in stoma care during my nurse training when someone close to me had a stoma formed. After qualifying as a nurse I worked on a urology ward and spent time with urostomy patients. When the time came to move on I wanted a role where I was able to spend time with my patients in their own homes and help them to live and thrive with a stoma. SecuriCare is based in my home town so it seemed like the perfect fit for me.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love the flexibility of working in the community and being able to see patients in their own homes. It’s a privilege to be allowed into a patient’s own environment. It’s great when I’ve worked with a patient to resolve any issues they’ve been having with their stoma. Before I started this role I’d underestimated the impact that sore skin can have on a person’s quality of life. It makes me really happy when I find a product that works for the patient and helps them to return to their normal activities.
Travelling throughout the county, I’ve enjoyed seeing the landscape change with the seasons, although I’m not looking forward to driving down country lanes in the snow!
What’s a typical working day like for you?
No two days are the same in my job! I see patients in their own homes and run clinics in local GP practices. I see patients who have recently been discharged from hospital, helping them to adapt to life with a stoma. I also see patients who may have had their stoma for a long time, offering support with any issues they may have. As a team of Community Stoma Care Nurses in Buckinghamshire, we work closely together to provide patients with continuity of care wherever possible.
Buckinghamshire is a large, rural county, but I finally feel like I’m beginning to learn the quickest way to travel between the various towns and villages! I may receive phone calls from patients who need an urgent visit so being able to be flexible in my working day is important.
What do you get up to in your spare time?
My husband and I rehomed a Military Working Dog so we love taking her for long country walks; she loves the water and will jump in any river or puddle that we find along the way!
I enjoy cooking and experimenting with new ingredients and recipes in the kitchen; I like being able to share my creations with friends and family. My husband works in the film industry so we’re often at the cinema watching the films that he’s worked on.