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We’d love to introduce you to Kirsty, who’s joined us as our Receptionist at our Gosforth site on Main Adult Reception.
Where did you join St Oswald’s Hospice from?
I previously worked as a receptionist in a secure unit for ladies that had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act in Lincoln. After moving to the North East last year, I took my time to settle in. I decorated my new house, looked after my mum and settled the boys in, whilst looking for the perfect job – which led me to St Oswald’s Hospice!
What attracted you to working at St Oswald’s Hospice?
Three years ago, in the middle of Covid-19, I moved out of my family home and moved in with my cousin, Tracy, to provide end-of-life care for her. Hospice care wasn’t an option due to the restrictions in place at the time. Caring for Tracy and having those valuable moments together meant so much. Having gone through loss and living with grief, I feel I have a personal experience of what our patients, their families, staff and volunteers go through. This experience has given me the ability to understand how people are feeling and has shown me how to display kindness, compassion and a smile at one of life’s most difficult moments. I believe that a smile goes a long way – even on the darkest of days.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love spending time with my three boys. We love to be outdoors, on the beach or jumping in muddy puddles on forest walks! I love travelling and will always have a crystal of some description with me.
Could you describe St Oswald’s Hospice in three words?
Warm, caring and nice.
If you’re a regular visitor to the Main Gosforth Site, chances are you’ll have already met Kirsty! If not, pop by one time and say hello.