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Patricia McDermott - Neonatal Service Coordinator

Patricia McDermott



I  started my nursing career in Craigavon Area Hospital in 1985 and completed my RGN course before my first Staff Nurse post in 3 North in Craigavon .

My love for children lead me to go to Glasgow where I became a Registered Sick Children`s Nurse and there fell in love with Neonatal Nursing .

I completed my ENB 405 course and progressed from a Staff Nurse to becoming a Sister in Elizabeth Ward in The Royal London Hospital .This was a busy neonatal unit where I continued to grow my love for Neonatal Nursing and was more involved in Transport.

It was at this point that I was to meet my husband Calvin and returned home to Northern Ireland and became a mother to my daughter Megan.

I started back to work in Altnagelvin NICU and then moved to NICU,RJMH still in love with Neonatal Nursing but wanting to spread my wings a little.

I became The Neonatal Coordinator for the CONNECCT Service as it was originally known in 2007 and the rest is history . I have been involved in the setting up and running of the NISTAR Neonatal Transport Team along with Dr Richard Tubman.

I have championed safe transfer for neonatal patients and their families and I have also been involved in helping to bring the NISTAR Service to its present position where we have a combined service which provides safe transportation for all patients no matter their age.

When I`m not at work I love to knit , do cross stitch, love art exhibitions and spending money on the odd original and print and enjoy family life .