University graduate joins Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre

University of Plymouth graduate Linda Wyatt has joined the Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre as its Day Surgery and Endoscopy Manager.

Linda began her nursing career as a healthcare assistant in Primrose Ward, Derriford Hospital, caring for patients who had undergone breast surgery.

She completed her nursing degree at the University in 2006 and re-joined Derriford Hospital as a registered nurse in its high dependency unit, and then its intensive care unit.

She worked as an agency registered nurse in the liver intensive care unit at King’s College Hospital, London, and as an employed registered nurse in the intensive care unit at The Harley Street Clinic. She then joined BUPA Earl’s Court where she oversaw the running of its radiology department.

As Day Surgery and Endoscopy Manager, she will manage a department which carries out minor surgical procedures which do not require an overnight stay, and endoscopy services which include:

  • Colonoscopy, used to examine your large and small bowel;
  • Sigmoidoscopy, the examination of the large intestine using a rigid endoscope;
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy, where a flexible endoscope is used to look at the furthest part of the colon;
  • Gastroscopy, where an endoscope is passed through the mouth and throat to check the stomach;
  • Trans-nasal endoscopy, where a thinner endoscope is passed through the nose to investigate the stomach (Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre is the only hospital in the South West to offer this option).
Margaret Mahoney, Head of Nursing and Clinical Services at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, said:

“This year is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, and we are delighted to welcome Linda to our team as an experienced, knowledgeable and talented nurse. Our Day Ward and Endoscopy Department are busy areas of the hospital and increasingly popular for patients choosing where they have their treatment.”

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