08 September 2017
Sara Ryan has served as Head of Services & Non-Clinical Services (Matron) at Spire Bushey Hospital for the last 11 years, first stepping through our doors in 2006. We caught up with Sara to ask her a few questions about her time here.
Q. How did you become Matron at Spire Bushey Hospital?
A. I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1981 with my specialities being general surgery, orthopaedics and midwifery. I moved into the independent sector in 1987 at The Wellington Hospital as the Junior Surgical Sister and then Orthopaedic Manager. In my last two years there I was the Clinical Nurse Manager of the South Building before being successfully recruited by Bupa Harpenden (now Spire Harpenden Hospital) as Matron. After 6 years at Spire Harpenden Hospital the opportunity arose for the Matron role at Spire Bushey Hospital.
Q. How has your job role changed over the years?
A. When I first started at Spire Bushey I was only overseeing the clinical departments, however 9 years ago the non-clinical departments were also put under my care. Having the opportunity to work with all the departments, not just clinical is great and has allowed me to oversee the complete patient journey. It is fantastic to see how all the departments come together and work as a team to ensure we do a great job and provide a high standard of care. I receive continuous praise for our staff members from patients about how outstanding our care is and I’m proud to be part of this hospital.
Q. What’s your favourite memory working at Spire Bushey Hospital?
A. My proudest memory of working at Bushey was being nominated for a Laing Buisson Clinical & Management award in clinical practice by my colleagues in the senior management team. It was an amazing evening and so flattering to be thought of and shortlisted in the UK’s top three finalists.
Q. What do you enjoy most about working at Spire Bushey Hospital?
A. Three things... patients, consultants and staff.
I really enjoy meeting with patients and a number of our regular patients have my direct line to contact me when they are due in. I love being able to oversee their care with regular visits to a lot of patients.
My close contact with consultants is particularly rewarding, whether with a new procedure, issue or just passing the time of day. We are particularly fortunate to work with consultants at the top of their field.
Ultimately, I love my role as Matron, however it is the people I get to work with every day that make this job a pleasure. We really are a close-knit hard working team at Spire Bushey Hospital and I am always proud to see the way we come together, particularly during our clinical and CQC inspections. Receiving our ‘Good’ rating from the CQC this year was highly rewarding after such a lot of hard work.