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Colorectal: an underrated specialty

Choosing a specialty seen as one of the least glamorous was never an issue for colorectal consultant nurse Fiona Hibberts, who approaches her work with humour and pragmatism

Choosing a specialty seen as one of the least glamorous was never an issue for colorectal consultant nurse Fiona Hibberts, who approaches her work with humour and pragmatism

It was an encounter with one particular patient that led Fiona Hibberts to discover her passion for colorectal nursing.

As a newly qualified nurse Ms Hibberts was working as a cardiac staff nurse when one patient, who had received a heart transplant, needed surgery for a bowel obstruction. Watching his progress made Ms Hibberts reassess her priorities.

‘Even though cardiac was exciting, this episode taught me that we often overlook the real fundamental problems that we face,’ says Ms Hibberts.

‘The heart transplant had worked, but it was the bowel obstruction that was causing the real problem for that patient

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