As some of you are aware our Practice Nurse, Kerry, has fought a hard battle with cancer over the last 3 years. Her strength and courage have helped her through this. It is with great sadness that we inform you that Kerry passed away peacefully and with all her loved ones by her side on the 22nd of April 2022.
One of Kerry’s wishes after talking to her family was to inform “her” patients of her battle as she cared and had the utmost respect for them hence why they were referred to as “hers”.
Kerry started originally at Monkseaton Medical Centre in 2002 and then moved to Blyth Medical before settling at Dr Smith and Partners in 2011. The Partners of Monkseaton Medical Centre joined forces with the partners of Northumberland Park in 2016 and Bridge Medical was born. Kerry decided to stay with the practice as she told us this was due to the bond she had with the patients. Kerry worked between both sites and when the pandemic hit us all in 2020 Kerry continued to work from home, checking on “her patients” to make sure they were okay and supported throughout the pandemic. Despite going through chemotherapy, Kerry put her patients first. As demonstrated Kerry would always go above and beyond for the patients and staff.
I can say on behalf of anyone who has worked with her that she will be greatly missed.
On a personal level I have had the privilege of knowing Kerry nearly 20 years as a colleague and friend.
Kerry leaves an amazing strong beautiful family behind, but I know she will be looking down on them with love.
Kerry lived her life to the full and this poem, I feel, is something everyone should think about.
All about the dash
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
From the beginning…to the end
He noted that first came the date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years
For that dash represents all the time
That they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
Know what that little line is worth
For it matters not, how much we own,
The cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering this special dash
Might only last a little while
So, when we say our goodbyes
With your life’s actions to rehash…
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent YOUR dash?
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From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:
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