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Meet the nurse who performs surgery 

Nurse Sara Dalby, who has been a surgical care practitioner for six years and will soon perform surgery on her own list of patients, talks to Lynne Pearce about her role.
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Nurse Sara Dalby, who has been a surgical care practitioner for six years and will soon perform surgery on her own list of patients, talks to Lynne Pearce about her role

Watching a hip replacement operation as a nursing student proved to be pivotal in Sara Dalby’s nursing career.

‘I loved it,’ says Ms Dalby, who is a surgical care practitioner (SCP). ‘I found it so interesting, and nothing like anything I’d ever experienced before in nursing.

‘You do pre- and post-operative care, but I’d never really understood what happens in the middle. It was great seeing the full patient journey.’

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After gaining a diploma in nursing studies in 2003, Ms Dalby started a degree at Manchester University. Her first role was as a theatre practitioner, moving to Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool in 2006, where

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