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 - Matron/Director or Clinical Services

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.


Jo Lester – Sister

During my time in the 6th form at Tarporley High School (1988-89) I enjoyed weekly visits for work experience at TWMH making beds, talking to patients and serving drinks. Two weeks after my A level exams I commenced my Registered General Nurse training at North Staffs School of Nursing and Midwifery in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. After qualifying I spent the next 8 interesting years on the vascular surgical ward which is where I discovered my passion for tissue viability.

After the birth of my second daughter I moved to Leighton hospital to work on the newly opened High Dependency Unit and rotated between there and the Intensive Care Unit. The 8 years on the two units was extremely challenging both physically and mentally, expanding all of my skills and developing many more whilst looking after critically ill patients and their families during difficult circumstances.

I left Leighton to follow my passion for woundcare and worked in the Central Dressing clinic at Ellesmere Port and on the district as a Community Nurse.

In 2009 I started to do bank shifts here at Tarporley Hospital and in 2010 became a permanent member of staff. I was able to utilise my community nurse skills, tissue viability knowledge and provide patient centred care to a high standard.

I left my permanent post in 2015 but continued to do bank shifts to go back on the district but felt due to time restraints and workload unable to provide the care and give the time to patients, I was used to. January 2017  I returned to Tarporley Hospital as part of the new management team.

Tarporley hospital is unique and is part of and serves my community. A place where patients can be nursed in a homely and friendly atmosphere and where the staff have the time to spend with patients and provide a high standard of patient centred care.


Karen Urmston - Governance Lead

I came to Tarporley Hospital in 2013 as the first professional fundraiser the Hospital had employed, and just over a year ago I started a new role at the Hospital as the Governance Lead. I ensure that we have an effective governance programme to enhance the quality of services provided through evidence based practice. I ensure that the hospital adheres to statutory regulations incorporating best practice and national service guidelines.

A rewarding but challenging role, which I enjoy very much.


David Moore - Fundraising Co-ordinator

With over 20 years’ experience in the charity sector my task is facilitate the development of our Fundraising Department. Supporting and inspiring our fundraisers to continue their outstanding work and seeing the amazing results they achieve brings me great joy. Building on the fantastic individual and community support that already exists towards the hospital, one of my challenges is to develop and enhance corporate partnerships. Our Centenary Year will be filled with major fundraising events that will help us finance our 2020 Vision to restructure the hospital in order to serve many more patients in the years to come. To help us in any way please contact me at the hospital and be part of our future success.


Claire Jones - Hospital Administration Manager

Having spent 10 years working at the Countess of Chester Hospital in administration, I decided to move the Tarporley Hospital to take the role as Administration Manager. Growing up in Tarvin, and attending Tarporley High School, I was always aware of the Hospital and the place it had in the community. In more recent years, I ran the Chester Half Marathon as a fundraiser for our much cherished Hospital.

My role at the Hospital includes managing the payroll, HR and day to day running of the Hospital, as well as all financial management and being the main point of contact for our Respite & Rehabilitation service.

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