Photo gallery: Patient's Choice Award winner Sarah Hartfree
Patient's Choice Award winner - Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015
Paediatric rheumatology nurse specialist, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
‘My daughter was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis aged just one. She was petrified, unable to walk and in constant pain. She had been poked and prodded so many times it was a struggle for anyone to get close. Then we met Sarah. Without her I don’t know how I would have made it through the dark days.’
Gabrielle Archer says that Sarah took away her daughter Isabella’s fear by making examinations seem fun. She was also there for the family when their son Isaac was suddenly admitted to hospital with a life-threatening condition.
‘Sarah would check on Isaac and me, as well as popping in to examine Isabella’s legs as I was unable to make appointments,’ says Gabrielle.
Sarah organises parent education sessions with entertainment for the children at weekends and holds Christmas parties, toddler groups, teenagers’ peer support groups and barbecues. Somehow, Sarah also finds time to raise money and awareness for juvenile arthritis – including taking on a 500-mile charity bike ride.