Interview with the Macmillan Specialist Oncology Sister

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Kelly Deppe

Macmillan Specialist Oncology Sister
BMI Blackheath Hospital

I hope that I can provide the patients with the support that they need when they need it.

Can you tell us a little about yourself, background and current role?

I am The Macmillan Oncology Sister here at Blackheath and I have been here for around 5 years now although I have been nursing for 20 years.

I have been working at Queen Mary's Hospital, BMI Chelsfield Park and BMI London Independent Hospital.

There is no typical week for me, that's one of the things I love!

Describe a typical day/week at BMI Blackheath Hospital for you?

There is no typical week for me, that's one of the things I love!

Essentially I care for patients and their families when they have received a cancer diagnosis.

That may be delivering chemotherapy, sitting in on Consultant clinics, assessing unwell patients or providing telephone support.

What aspects of your role do you enjoy the most?

I love the interaction that I have with the patients and their carers. Being faced with challenging situations and, I hope, dealing with them quickly and compassionately always putting the patient at the centre of what I do.

How does your role benefit the patients at The Blackheath Hospital?

Guess you'd have to ask them that!

I hope that I can provide them with the support that they need when they need it, but with the experience that I have I am sometimes able to offer them answers for things that they are struggling with.

What has been your biggest achievement at The Blackheath Hospital?

Macmillan approved oncology suiteSetting up a patient support group with my Breast care nurse Leanne and also running HOPE courses to enable patients to self-manage in the new normal life they face after a cancer diagnosis

What activities do you enjoy outside of work?

I have 2 sports mad children so when I am not at work you can normally find me on a sports field of some description!

Thanks for your time, Kelly.

BMI Blackheath Hospital offers a wide range of services including cancer care, cardiology and diagnostic imaging. You can see find their full list of hospital services here.