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Compassionate professional improved my physical and mental health

Respiratory nurse calming caring influence helped me improve my ashtma
Arthur Carr

I met Fiona Barrett-Gray, lead nurse in respiratory illnesses at the North Carlisle Medical Practice, more than 12 years ago and it honestly changed my life. There are many patients locally suffering respiratory illnesses who have been relieved of loneliness and panic attacks by this compassionate professional.

Arthur Carr

For some years I suffered under the threat of cancer and creditors, enduring a nightmare. My asthma attacks were frequent and serious but Fiona is a calming influence, utterly professional and caring, and she improved the control of my asthma and my mental state. I do not want this to be all about me but it is important to show the depth of my desperation and how it contrasts with the wonderful effect this truly gifted nurse had on me and my family.

In addition to my own health issues, my wife, who had suffered tuberculosis as

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I met Fiona Barrett-Gray, lead nurse in respiratory illnesses at the North Carlisle Medical Practice, more than 12 years ago and it honestly changed my life. There are many patients locally suffering respiratory illnesses who have been relieved of loneliness and panic attacks by this compassionate professional. 


Arthur Carr

For some years I suffered under the threat of cancer and creditors, enduring a nightmare. My asthma attacks were frequent and serious but Fiona is a calming influence, utterly professional and caring, and she improved the control of my asthma and my mental state. I do not want this to be all about me but it is important to show the depth of my desperation and how it contrasts with the wonderful effect this truly gifted nurse had on me and my family.

In addition to my own health issues, my wife, who had suffered tuberculosis as a child, developed a concurrent chronic cough. Fiona's kind, professional care allayed my wife’s fears.

She has a family to look after but she responds to telephone calls from her patients for help between appointments, helping to allay their fears, an act typical of this dedicated nurse. In addition to this, she often makes calls to patients at home to check on their condition. 

Fiona is calm and caring in her consultations while maintaining a high level of professional expertise. She is highly qualified and is currently attending university part-time, studying to gain a BSc in nursing practice so she can further help her patients.

I know that she works hard on her own professional development with the aim of benefitting her patients. She has diplomas in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, paediatric asthma and spirometry. She also has a keen interest in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence publications, including the quality standard on asthma, which defines best practice in this area.

Fiona gave me the health and confidence to accept a role as ambassador for the Patients Association of the UK.

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