A Matter of Life and Death

Courage, compassion and the fight against coronavirus - a palliative care nurse's story

Kelly Critcher
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The powerful memoir of a palliative care nurse's life spent facing down death - and the frontline battle against the coronavirus

It was a low-level panic at first, but very quickly there were big changes taking place. Day by day, wards were being cleared to make way for Covid-positive patients. Things were getting worse by the day. For the first time in my nursing career, I felt scared.

As a palliative care nurse, it is Kelly Critcher's job to look death in the eye - to save a patient while the fight can still be won, and confront life's end with grace and kindness when it can't.

In early 2020, everything changed for nurses on the NHS front line. Working on Covid wards and the High Dependency Unit, Kelly spent the height of the coronavirus crisis at Northwick Park hospital - perhaps the UK hospital most deeply ravaged by the illness.

She, and many others like her, battled tirelessly in a critical care unit pushed to breaking point, delivering the bad news and fighting the good fight, day-in, day-out, throughout the gravest test our health service has faced since its inception.

Kelly's story weaves together her raw, emotional diaries from the COVID frontline with a broader reflection on the truths about a life spent caught between battling for her patients' lives and helping them face down death with courage and compassion. Bringing together the enormity of the last twelve months - and the scars it will leave - this is a book for our times.

Author bio:

Daughter and granddaughter of nurses, Kelly Critcher qualified in 2007 and went into Acute Medicine. Following a moving encounter with a dying patient, she moved into palliative care. In March 2020, as Covid-19 took hold, Kelly used her years of experience as a volunteer in the hospital's High Dependency Unit, seeing the best and worst of the crisis first-hand.

Category: Other books
ISBN: 9781789464412
Publisher: Bonnier
Imprint: John Blake
Pub Date: August 2021
Page Extent: 320
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Biography & True Stories