Here are Tarporley Hospital, we are proud to be a nurse-led facility. Our team of dedicated and professional Nurses and Health Care Assistants are on hand to provide you and your loved ones with the best possible, patient centred care.
Rachel Cowley - Managing Director
My nursing career began as a Health Care Assistant at Davenham Nursing Home caring for the older person, with differing needs. Having always been keen to develop my knowledge and skills, I was successful in my application to join the cardiology team at Leighton Hospital and subsequently was offered a secondment opportunity into Nurse Training at the University of Chester. After qualifying I returned to cardiology and moved up the nursing rank to become Ward Manager. I moved from cardiology to support the opening of Elmhurst Intermediate Centre only staying there for a short while. I joined Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust in 2010 to support the transformational team to improve the safety and quality of care the older person received. This experience supported me in obtaining my degree in Dementia Awareness and Intervention a subject very close to my heart. In 2014 I moved to the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital as Matron for Trauma, Orthopaedic and Vascular and Cardiology services. I became a Grandmother in 2017 and sought to be closer to my family, which is what prompted me to become part of the team here at Tarporley.
Having worked in the acute sector for many years the unique calm, tranquil atmosphere here at Tarporley facilitates time for our nursing team to provide compassionate and high quality patient and family focused care.
Pam Brown – Administration Assistant and PA to Managing Director
I was born in Nantwich and have lived in Winsford all my life. I am married with 2 wonderful grown-up children.
I have always worked in an administrative role starting off at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Crewe when I first left school in 1981. I have worked for organisations in both the private and public sector and have gained valuable skills, knowledge and experience throughout.
After being made redundant in 2011 I decided to join Mid Cheshire Hospital Foundation Trust in Crewe as Bank Administration and soon gained enough knowledge and experience to apply for a full time post in the Orthopaedic Department. I was initially employed as a PA’s Assistant and then progressed to Theatre Scheduler which involved organising theatre lists for 4 Consultants for day case and inpatient surgery.
I am now part of a wonderful dedicated team here at Tarporley War Memorial Hospital as Administration Assistant. I feel very privileged to help raise awareness of the hospital and promote all the services that we have to offer for the local communities in Cheshire.
Kath M'Que – Hospital Sister
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1987 and spent nine months working on an acute medical ward in a General Hospital in the North East. Whilst I loved my new role, I felt I wanted to do more training and completed my Midwifery qualification in 1988. I spent eight years working as a hospital midwife and then moved on to be a Project Nurse working at Hartlepool General Hospital. I helped implement a computer system, analysing staffing requirements throughout the hospital.
My passion and interest in health and wellbeing led me on to complete a degree in health studies and a teaching certificate, which enabled me to teach 16-18 year olds in further education colleges. These students would then become our next generation of nurses, midwives, social workers and primary school teachers.
In 2017 I saw that Leighton hospital was advertising a Return to nursing course and I was back on the Nursing Register by October 2017. My new role was working as a Staff nurse on an Intermediate Care ward. I also worked on the bank at Tarporley Hospital which soon became my full time post.
Recently, I was appointed Hospital Sister and at a very exciting time, when the hospital is about to expand their services. As the Hospital Sister I think it is vital support new developments which will benefit patients and staff. Through effective management and leadership I will aim to develop methods for maintaining and improving the quality of patient care through best practice and clinical benchmarking.
I am married with 2 children and have 3 grandchildren. I have been working here at Tarporley Hospital since January 2019 as the Minor Injuries Sister. My job is very rewarding and very varied. I also work on the ward and I am involved in the dressing clinic.
I qualified as a Nurse in January 2010 and my first job was on the Coronary Care ward at Leighton Hospital in Crewe. While working on the ward I was able to develop my skills and knowledge. I became the link Nurse for dementia care as well as the link Nurse for moving and handling. After a while I progressed into the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) looking after acutely ill patients and became advanced life support trained. This enabled me to become the covered Nurse in CCU, and I was part of the cardiac arrest team for the hospital.
I then took a secondment to another ward to support the winter pressures in the acute sector. This role also entailed supporting GP admissions that were transferred from A&E. Following on from that I became the permanent Nurse in the Ambulatory Care Unit, this was a new unit that I helped to set up to take all GP admissions directly from GP surgeries. This was a very demanding and challenging role at times, having to liaise with Site Managers and Bed Managers as well as supporting other areas of the hospital such as A&E and AMU. The department also offered daily IV therapy to patients to avoid them having to stay in hospital and also provided an outpatient blood transfusion service.