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Nurse Awarded MBE
Macmillan lead haematology-oncology nurse Teresa Rennie (left) with NHS Lanarkshire cancer service manager Margaret Kelly
An Uddingston nurse with almost 40 years’ service in the NHS has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Teresa Rennie, who has worked in the health board for 39 years, was recognised for her contribution to cancer and chemotherapy services.
The 57-year-old, who lives in Viewpark with husband Alan, said: “I am totally overwhelmed. When I saw the envelope I thought I was being called up for jury duty.
“I had to re-read the letter a couple of times before the news actually set in.
“It is a wonderful feeling and it is even more special to be recognised for my contribution to patient care. Making a positive difference to patients’ lives has been at the heart of everything I have done for my whole career.”
Teresa is based at Monklands Hospital, but her work also takes her to Wishaw General and Hairmyres.
During her nursing career she worked in coronary care for two years at Monklands and six years in the field of acute medicine there.
In 1993 she became the first person in Scotland to receive a diploma in cancer nursing from the University of Glasgow and spent time training at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre before returning to Lanarkshire to introduce a service that saw nurses rather than doctors giving chemotherapy treatment.
Originally from Blantyre, Teresa is due to take retirement in the autumn, but intends to continue in cancer services in some capacity.
Earlier this year she won the ‘Chair Award’ at the inaugural NHS Lanarkshire staff awards ceremony. The award recognises ‘a unique or outstanding contribution to the work, services and people of Lanarkshire’.
NHS Lanarkshire cancer services manager Margaret Kelly said that Teresa’s MBE was “truly deserved”.
She added: “There are many stories of work that Teresa does behind the scenes to improve the lives of patients suffering from haematological cancers and patients requiring chemotherapy.
“She always goes beyond her call of duty to ensure that patients, families and carers are exceptionally well looked after.”