Tribute to St Luke’s nurse

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THE nurse who was one of the key figures in the development of St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield has died, aged 84.

Eileen Mann was a ward sister at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, when she first met hospice movement pioneer Eric Wilkes who, at the time, was a medical student working on the same ward.

She left London and moved to Chesterfield where she became a clinical tutor and from there she was selected by Professor Wilkes to become the first Matron of the Hospice – the first outside of London.

Eileen was responsible for the equipping of St Luke’s prior to its opening in October 1971, and was also instrumental in setting up the St Luke’s Education Programme for training nurses in palliative care.

She left St Luke’s in 1976 to undertake a Health Visitors’ Course, which she felt would be the way to take palliative care into the community.

She moved to Devon and continued her nursing career until she retired and recently returned to Sheffield to be near her sister.

St Luke’s Chief Executive Peter Hartland said: “She, along with Professor Eric Wilkes, will always be remembered for her pioneering work.”