Thursday 19th September 2013
Macmillan staff have paid tribute following the death of the longest-serving Macmillan nurse based at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London.
Sarah Henderson passed away peacefully at Trinity Hospice in Clapham on 26 April.
Sarah was the first urology CNS at the trust and only the second Macmillan Urology CNS to be appointed within the UK. Sarah featured in several issues of Mac Voice, most recently with her article on penile cancer in the Autumn 2012 issue.
‘Sarah made an extraordinary contribution to the urology department at St George’s Hospital,’ says Urology Consultant Ken Anson. ‘After training at St Thomas’ Hospital and being appointed as sister at St George’s, she developed her specialism in uro-oncology, completing a urology nursing course in 1997.
‘Sarah constantly sought to improve herself, obtaining her Masters degree in 2005. But she found her true calling with the creation of the penile cancer service, under Nick Watkin’s leadership, and played a pivotal role in developing it into an internationally renowned unit.
‘Sarah worked tirelessly to support men who were particularly vulnerable and distressed. She was recognised with the Macmillan Action for London award in 2009 and, the same year, she was part of the penile cancer team that won the Excellence in Oncology Team of the Year award.
‘During her career, Sarah stood out as a force for good and a devoted patient advocate. She will be missed by all in the urology department and by her many friends and colleagues throughout St George’s Hospital.’
‘Sarah was always striving to offer the very best patient care and went that “extra mile” to achieve it,’ says June Allen, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse. ‘Nothing was ever too much trouble. Sarah will be missed greatly, not only by her colleagues, but by all of her patients.’
A great asset
‘Sarah was a great asset and advocate for Macmillan,’ adds Stephen Richards, Macmillan Cancer Support’s Director of Professional Engagement. ‘She often spoke at conferences, events and in the media to promote her work and that of the trust.
We offer our condolences to Sarah’s family and colleagues at this time.