August 30, 2008

Matrons to Make Their Mark at Musgrove Park

Three new matrons will bring more than 50 years of combined experience to the nursing staff of a Somerset hospital.

Paul Jagger, Andrea Mostyn-Jones and Katy Evans have joined the team at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, which serves 340,000 local people.

The three matrons will head up the general theatres, cancer and maternity nursing teams in the hospital.

Mr Jagger, who lives in Stoke St Michael, has been appointed as matron in general theatres after nine years of nursing.

He has spent the last three years as a senior nurse in The Alfred in Melbourne, Australia - the largest trauma centre in the southern hemisphere.

He said: "It's great to have started at Musgrove in such a challenging and interesting role. I loved Australia, but it was time to come home. My ambition is for all our patients to be treated the way I would want my family to be treated. That's why I went into nursing and that's what keeps me in nursing."

Ms Mostyn-Jones recently moved to Clevedon from Yorkshire to head the cancer team. She has spent 21 years as a nurse, 16 in cancer care, and is excited about working in the new cancer centre, due to open in May.

Ms Evans, who has more than 20 years of NHS experience, was already a member of the ante-natal department of Musgrove. She has recently been shortlisted for the national Nursing Times Award (Midwifery) for improvements to patient care.

The hospital will now have a team of 11 matrons managing the nursing staff of the hospital.

Martine Price, director of nursing and governance at Musgrove, said: "We are delighted to welcome these three new matrons on to the team. They are all committed to leading their nursing teams to provide the best possible care for our patients."

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