I have been a receptionist at CHC since 2010. However I was familiar with the centre having previously benefited from Osteopathy there. I continue to use the therapies when necessary, and do a weekly Pilates class in the studio, which has definitely improved my core strength. I trained as a nurse at University College Hospital so my background is conventional medicine. From 1983 -1996 I was working as a community nurse, initially attached to a surgery in Downham, then after the arrival of my daughter I worked on the ‘twilight’ service covering all of Lewisham Borough. I continued this until my youngest son was three. This enabled me to be at home with them during the day, which was important to me.
I then worked at The Blackheath Hospital for eight years on their Helpline. Although this was in the Marketing Department, at the time the helpline was staffed by nurses. The Helpline was very busy, and queries extremely varied. Working in the NHS, a private hospital, and now complementary health, I feel I have a pretty thorough understanding of how these all work, sometimes integrated, sometimes individually.
I have lived ten minutes walk from CHC for the last 28 years. My three children attended Lee Manor School (now Brindish Manor). I walked along Manor Lane, to and from school with them, for a total of thirteen years! I feel rooted in what is vibrant locality, with a very strong sense of community. I exhibited at Lee Green Open Studios for several years, and also at other local art events. Singing in a local ‘Rock’ choir is something I really enjoyed, performing in local pubs and festivals. I thoroughly enjoy my role on reception. Meeting people new to the centre, and greeting the many familiar friendly faces! I feel part of a happy, professional team.