Mrs Pat Cook
Pat joined the Evelyn in January 2014, shortly after retiring from her post in the NHS where she had successfully completed her training to become a full member of the IDSc (Institute of Decontamination Sciences). As with her previous post, Pat heads up the provision and sterilisation of the instrumentation and has been able to employ her excellent people and organisational skills by contributing to the coordinating and setting up of the laboratory for the courses and research projects at the Training Centre. She also participates in the sensitive preparation and organisation of the tissues samples for use by the surgeons and trainee surgeons, and assists with the decontamination of the surgical instruments and medical devices which takes place both on and off site.
With a background of 24 years’ service in the NHS, retiring as Operations Manager of the Sterile Services department of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 2013, Pat brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge to The Evelyn. The role requires working with a range of different people from different professions and backgrounds which Pat is used to from her previous role liaising with surgeons, organising staff, and coordinating workloads and demands.
Having worked in the pressured environment of a busy hospital for so long, Pat is enjoying the change of pace and focus of the Evelyn. Despite initial fears of seeing the operations first hand, Pat has quickly come to feel at ease and particularly enjoys working within the theatre environment, seeing first hand – and on occasion assisting! – the surgeons with the fascinating work they do.