Denise returns to the NHS during the coronavirus efforts

Updated: May 20, 2020

Denise Hodges, Support Worker who recently retired as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Medway Hospital to join LASAG has returned to the NHS to support her colleagues during the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the past few weeks, we have been keeping in touch with Denise to hear how she is getting on.

We are so grateful to Denise for her service to public health, and look forward to her returning to LASAG to resume her normal duties.

Denise shares her thoughts on returning to the NHS below.

Thank You Denise, and Thank You NHS for taking good care of us.


“If I was told when I left the NHS back in November, that I would be returning less than 6 months later, I would have laughed in disbelief. However, sadly, since then our world has changed so much.

I agreed to go back and help as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer because one of the Lung CNS's had been redeployed to ICU. On entering Medway Hospital for the first time the thing that struck me the most was the eerie silence! Normally when walking through the main entrance of the hospital there are crowds of people hurrying to and from appointments or visiting relatives, there were none. It was quite unnerving. As far as the Mesothelioma/Lung Cancer Service has been concerned, it is mainly business as usual. Diagnostics are still going ahead, and sadly people are still b