(Written for Royal Cornwall Hospitals Grapevine Staff Magazine (Issue 16, July 2011)
A DEVOTED nurse from Treliske has been hailed as a “hero” after being recognised for her hard work.
Mary Parrett, a specialist epilepsy nurse at Royal Cornwall Hospital was put forward by Pirate FM’s 999 Local Hero Awards based on her contributions o care of people living with epilepsy.
Mary began her work at Treliske in 2000 and, to date, has more than 4,000 patients. Her work seems to add no end of support to patients with epilepsy; raising awareness, carrying out research and offering advice at Epilepsy Action, a support group in Truro.
Nathan Trevana, one of Mary’s patients, said: “Whenever I speak to any of my friends about Mary, the same things are always said-helpful, happy and understanding.
“Mary’s energy and passion seem to be endless in her work and I, along with many people, classify her as not only a local hero, but a local hero who we would be lost without.
“I have been an epileptic for 37 years and I know of no other person I have ever seen over that period of time who deserves to be appreciated as much.”
Through her years of experience, patients praise Mary as an excellent nurse for all she does for the many people in Cornwall with epilepsy.
Nicolah Goodman’s husband also has epilepsy and is treated by Mary: “Mary is one in a million. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her and she is always on the end of the phone when her patients need help or advice.
“She has been a great help with my husband and his epilepsy. We would not have coped without her; she is a very special lady.”
The 999 Local Hero Award is part of Pirate Fm’s Pirate Trust which sees money raised to help individuals and projects across Cornwall, Plymouth and west Devon.
The award is presented to any individual in the emergency services, whether paid or a volunteer, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help others.
Speaking about her nomination, Mary said: “I was very surprised to learn that I’d been nominated. I hadn’t been aware that I had been, so it’s hugely complimentary.
“What I do is part of my job, and it’s important to make life a little easier for all my patients. This is the icing on the cake.”