Vascular surgery nursing team

 

Our team of vascular surgery nurse specialists offer support to our patients and their families.

Alison Abbott

  alison abbott

Job title: aortic clinical nurse specialist
Email: alison.abbott@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Ali joined the trust in 2013 as a staff nurse in the vascular unit. She was then promoted to senior staff nurse in 2014. In 2016 she was seconded to cover the aortic clinical nurse specialist role, which then became a permanent position in 2017. She also worked as the vascular practice development nurse in 2016 and ran the nurse-led claudication service while covering maternity leave.

Education and training: DipHE Adult Nursing, 2008

Specialist interests: aortic diseases and surgery, teaching

Michelle Carmichael

 

Job title: vascular clinical nurse specialist
Email: michelle.carmichael@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Michelle began her nursing career at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage (East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust). She joined the vascular unit at Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospital in 2000 as a staff nurse, and was later promoted to senior staff nurse. In 2004 she joined the vascular clinical nurse specialist team, specialising in the care and management of patients with aneurysmal disease. In 2014 Michelle went on to join the complex aortic aneurysm team on a full-time basis.

Education and training: RGN Adult Nursing, University of Hertfordshire; Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing (Palliative Care)

Specialist interests: aortic disease, complex endovascular aortic surgery, health promotion and lifestyle modification

Gemma Daniel

 

Job title: vascular clinical nurse specialist
Email: gemma.daniel@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Gemma qualified from Greenwich and Bexley School of Nursing, where she worked in maxillofacial, ophthalmology and general surgery. Since 1997 she has gained extensive nursing experience in cardiac catheter lab and radiology settings, in both the NHS and private sector. She joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in 2005 as a senior staff nurse in the radiology department, where she was involved in setting up and participating in the early endovascular aneurysm repair cases. Gemma was appointed as a vascular clinical nurse specialist in 2011, with an interest in day case lower limb intervention procedures.

Education and training: RGN Adult Nursing, Greenwich and Bexley School of Nursing, 1983

Specialist interests: lower limb intervention, patient consent, angioplasty nurse-led follow-up, guidelines and protocols

Adama Fewry

 adama fewry

Job title: vascular clinical nurse specialist
Email: adama.fewry@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Adama joined Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospital as an adaptation (oversees) nurse in 2004. Since then she has practiced in various clinical areas including medical, general surgery, acute and critical care and vascular surgery. She has completed short courses on leadership and management, and is currently working toward her master’s degree, which includes advanced assessment skills and non-medical prescribing. Adama was appointed as deputy vascular clinical nurse specialist for the lower limb arterial team in December 2017 as a secondment, and was then promoted to the permanent clinical nurse specialist position in September 2018.

Education and training: BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice, 2013; DipHE Nursing Studies, 2010; RGN Adult Nursing, 1999

Specialist interests: arterial disease, diabetic foot ulcers, clinical pathway management for lower limb arterial surgery, lower limb disease and surgical interventions

Meryl Green

 meryl green

Job title: vascular clinical nurse specialist
Email: meryl.green1@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Meryl began her career at Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospital on the plastic surgery ward. Meryl joined the vascular department in 2015 and became deputy ward sister in 2016. She was employed in July 2017 to set up and run the emergency vascular clinic (EVC). She has also been to Uganda and Ethiopia as a volunteer, assisting charities who provide surgery for children and adults with facial disfigurement. Meryl is currently working towards her MSc in Advanced Practice, which will include non-medical prescribing.

Education and training: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, King's College London, 2012

Specialist interests: complex wound care and dressings, sharp debridement, critical limb ischaemia management

Vanessa Harvey

 vanessa harvey

Job title: vascular clinical nurse specialist
Email: vanessa.harvey@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Vanessa started working at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in 2014. She started working in cardiovascular theatres and managing the endovascular hybrid theatre, where she gained extensive skills and knowledge in caring for vascular surgical patients. This included specialist experience in endovascular aneurysm repair, lower limb revascularisation, deep venous stenting and varicose vein treatment. Vanessa is currently working as a vascular clinical nurse specialist, with an interest in venous disease management and research, including acute deep vein thrombosis and thrombolysis treatment, chronic post-thrombotic syndrome and venous leg ulcers.

Education and training: Bachelor of Nursing, University of Glasgow, 2014; BA History, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Specialist interests: venous disease management and research, deep vein thrombosis and thrombolysis

Chrissy Karumazondo

 chrissy karumazondo

Job title: vascular clinical nurse specialist
Email: christina.karamuzondo@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Chrissy joined Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospital as a newly qualified nurse on the vascular unit. She was promoted following management and leadership courses and progressed to ward sister in 2013. Chrissy was then promoted to vascular clinical nurse specialist, and successfully set up and ran the claudication nurse-led clinic. She is currently undertaking her degree with plans to continue onto the master’s programme, including non-medical prescribing.

Education and training: Diploma in Adult Nursing, City University, 2004

Specialist interests: intermittent claudication, non-interventional treatment for lower limb arterial disease, risk factor modification for patients with arterial disease

Grainne Killion

 grainne killion

Job title: deputy vascular nurse practitioner
Email: grainne.killion@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Grainne joined Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in 2015 as a nurse in the vascular unit. She was promoted to senior staff nurse in 2017 and was then appointed as deputy vascular nurse practitioner for the emergency vascular unit in June 2018. She is currently undertaking the master’s programme which will include advanced assessment skills and non-medical prescribing.

Education and training: Diploma in Sports and Exercise Nutrition, 2016; BSc General Nursing, University College Dublin, 2014

Specialist interests: critical limb ischaemia, wound care, health promotion

 

 

Chloe Lakin

 chloe lakin

Job title: vascular clinical nurse specialist
Email: chloe.lakin@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Chloe joined Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospital as a newly qualified nurse on the vascular unit in 2014. She was promoted to senior staff nurse in 2016 and was appointed as a vascular clinical nurse specialist for the infrarenal aortic pathway in August 2018. She is currently undertaking the master’s pathway, which will include non-medical prescribing.

Education and training: BSc Adult Nursing, King's College London, 2014

Specialist interests: aortic aneurysms and dissections, graft infections

 

 

Hannah Lavis

  hannah lavis

Job title: vascular clinical nurse specialist
Email: hannah.lavis@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Hannah started her career in the orthopaedic trauma department at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. She moved to London in 1997 to start work for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in the trauma orthopaedic department. In 2005, following promotion, she began work in the orthopaedic pre-assessment unit, which was later to develop into the general pre-assessment department. Here she gained experience working alongside the POPS team (pre-operative assessment of the older person undergoing surgery). In 2012, she joined the vascular department as a clinical nurse specialist. She is a non-medical prescriber.

Education and training: RGN Adult Nursing, Lothian College of Health Studies, 1995

Specialist interests: carotid surgery, elderly care, teaching, clinical coding

 

 

Talia Lea

 talia lea

Job title: vascular advanced nurse practitioner
Email: talia.lea@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Talia started her career working on the vascular ward at Charing Cross Hospital (Imperial NHS Trust) and later at the St Mary’s Hospital site following service reconfiguration. She joined Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in 2012 as a vascular clinical nurse specialist, specialising in lower limb arterial surgery. From December 2017 until August 2018 she was seconded into the vascular matron role, and was appointed as vascular advanced nurse practitioner in September 2018. She is a non-medical prescriber.

Education and training: MSc Advance Practice Nursing, 2017; BA (Hons) Nursing, Buckinghamshire University College, 2001

Specialist interests: lower limb arterial surgery, complex wound management and dressings, sharp debridement, major amputation

Azeb Mengstu

 

Job title: vascular clinical nurse specialist
Email: azeb.mengstu@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Azeb began her career at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, before working in several large London hospitals. At St Mary's Hospital she gained experience in the management of neurological, dermatological, haematological and general vascular patients. She also gained experience in running specialist clinics including minor cryotherapy surgery and anticoagulation clinics. Azeb joined Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospital in 2001 as a staff nurse on Luke Ward, before being promoted to deputy ward sister in 2004. She became a clinical nurse specialist in 2005 and since then has been involved in the management and care of patients with all types of vascular disease. Currently Azeb is managing patients on the venous leg ulcer pathway and runs a dedicated clinic for the management of complex leg ulcers.

Education and training: Diploma in Topical Nursing, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; DipHE Adult Nursing, Paisley University, Glasgow

Specialist interests: nurse education, health promotion

Belen Quintana

 belen quintana

Job title: deep venous vascular clinical nurse specialist
Email: belen.quintana@gstt.nhs.uk

Biography: Belen qualified as a nurse in Spain in 2002. After moving to the United Kingdom, she began her career at St Helier Hospital, working in elective orthopaedics. She joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in 2004 on a general surgical ward and moved to the vascular unit in 2005. She was promoted to senior staff nurse in 2010, and was appointed as a deep venous vascular clinical nurse specialist in 2015. Belen is currently working towards an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. She is a qualified non-medical prescriber.

Education and training: Degree in Nursing, University of Valladolid, Spain, 2002

Specialist interests: deep venous disease management, deep vein thrombosis, post thrombotic syndrome, May Thurner's syndrome