Trust welcomes Kirsty back as Children’s Matron
Children’s Nurse Kirsty Randell has come back to her nursing roots at Airedale Hospital, to take up the role of Matron for Children’s Services.
Kirsty who lives in Bradley, started at the hospital as an apprentice in 1994 and has returned, after a stint working at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, as the new Matron.
Kirsty had previously worked at the hospital for 17 years on the children’s ward when she left to take up the post of ward manager to run an assessment and ambulatory care centre for children in Leeds, an area of care she was particularly interested in learning more about.
But when the ideal position came up at Airedale she made the decision to come back.
Kirsty says: “When this job came up at Airedale I knew I could help improve and develop our services for children in the area as well as supporting the staff. I want to bring ambulatory care to paediatrics – to make sure children don’t stay in hospital any longer than they need to. It’s about ensuring the children are at home, which is an environment that they are happiest in, as much as possible whilst still making sure that they are safe and we are maintaining their health. It’s about how we can work differently.”
We don’t have it here currently for children, we are starting to do it for adults and this will be expanded when we open the Acute Assessment Unit. It will be quite an exciting start and hopefully it will be beneficial for the patients.”
“I also want to ensure all patients have a positive experience when using our services and we are working on improving the experience for babies and new parents on the Neonatal Unit by working closely with BLISS – the charity for babies born prematurely or sick.”
“Airedale is a great place to work, everyone is friendly here, you walk down the corridor and everybody says hi, so just to be back on home turf and to know that I can help provide a good service for families is great. “