When Tyre City in Caversham launched a social media campaign ‘Keeping the UK Rolling Giveaway’ to thank front line NHS staff battling the coronavirus pandemic, 23-year-old Daniel Scurr was quick to nominate his mum, Oxford Health nurse Emma Denney.

“I’m going to nominate my mum who always tries her best in her job! She unfortunately caught COVID-19 but is now home and recovering! I’d imagine she can’t wait to get back to work! Well done mum! You make me so proud!”

Emma, who relies on her car as she visits patients in the community, was overjoyed when she received the text saying she’d won a set of four new tyres. She’d been through a tough couple of months, recovering from being hospitalised with COVID-19 in April.

“I thought I had hay fever, which quickly developed into a bad cold. Within a week I’d developed shortness of breath and was hospitalised for a week.”

The mum of two has worked in the Henley District Nursing team, based out of Townlands Hospital, for the past six years. Nursing was something “she’d always wanted to do” but an opportunity only arose when her son started school.

“Nursing was something I’d put on hold as a struggling single mum. But when Daniel started school, we said that we’d both start school ‘together’. I’ve been nursing for 15 years now!”

Following her recovery at home, Emma was thrilled to be able to return to work, helped by the encouragement of her team. “My team and particularly Holly Gillett, my clinical development lead, have all been incredibly supportive,” she said.

Now back working in the community, Emma says that visiting people has been particularly challenging in the hot weather.

“To protect ourselves and our patients, we must wear full PPE (plastic aprons, gloves, masks and visors) when we visit people at home, and this is incredibly hot. The team has been amazing in adapting to change and working remotely and we can’t wait to be together again as one happy team.”

If you’d like to join Oxford Health as a valued nurse like Emma, we have several vacancies in both community and inpatient settings. Find out more about nursing with Oxford Health by clicking here, or take a look at our vacancies page here with many roles offering flexible and part-time options.

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