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Boat names after Wirral Nurse

Boat named after Wirral Nurse

A Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust nurse has had a model boat built and named in her honour by one of her cancer patients.


"The Sue Byrne" was built by Mr Jeffery Prout, as a way of showing his deepest thanks for the care he received from Sue. Compared with the recent Boaty McBoatface story, what this model boat lacks in scale, it more than makes up in emotion and meaning.

Diagnosed in 2014 with prostate cancer, Mr Prout suffers from especially varied and complex symptoms which need constant monitoring and reassessment. Community nurse Sue Byrne, has been responsible for his care and has developed a close friendship with Mr Prout and his family from Woodchurch.

Mr Prout's wife, Cathy said: "He's always pleased to see her...she lifts him up, gives him something to aim for. She has such an excellent bedside manner. He trusts her one hundred per cent."

A builder by trade, Mr Prout has continued to apply his skills into retirement and diagnosis, building model boats for his family members and Wirral Hospice St John's. The hobby is now an integral part of his rehabilitation, and in this case, a way to show his thanks and gratitude to his nurse and friend.

Sue Byrne said: "I always did admire his boats, but I had no idea he was making one for me! He thanked me for everything I'd done for him. The boat itself is in prime position in our house. My family love it and everyone comments on it saying how lovely it is."

Sue deals primarily with pain management and mobility issues. Often with lots of highs and lows, she visits Mr Prout whenever her assistance is needed.

Mr Prout said "I have incredible reassurance because she will always answer me and listen to what I have to say. She is somebody to call on to allay my fears and worries when things are down. I don't know what I'd do without her."



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(left: Patient, Jeffery Prout. Right: Nurse, Sue Byrne)



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Sue Byrne is a Macmillan clinical nurse specialist.

Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust is the local provider of community based NHS healthcare services. We see and treat people in more than 40 community bases and in patients’ homes, to prevent ill health and unnecessary hospital admissions. We have over one million patient contacts every year.  @wirralct 

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:26

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