Devon Coast to Coast Cycle

17th / 18th July 2009
North to South Coast Devon

Alice Rose Ball 2009

November 7th 2009
Marriott Hotel, Bristol

Three Peaks Challenge

What's New?

  • Alice Rose Nurse

    The Alice Rose Trust announce the employment of a metabolic nurse specialist, 'the Alice Rose Nurse'. For many years metabolic services in the ...
  • Pound for Alice

    We need your help - please support the Alice Rose Trust. We are asking you to donate a pound a week to support the Alice Rose Nurse. More details ...
  • Send us your event photos!

    If you have participated in one of our fundraising events, please email a few of you favourite snaps to us and we will upload them to the ...

Our New Nurse

The Trust is now dedicated to supporting a new community nursing post to aid children with metabolic disorders and their families within the Southwest region. The Alice Rose Nurse began work at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children in June 2008. The creation of this post represents a huge step not just for the Alice Rose Trust, but also for the development of metabolic services in the region. This post is funded entirely by the Alice Rose Trust. We are dependant on the good will and generosity of our supporters to keep this post going. Please continue to support us in anyway you can – donate, fundraise, and have fun.

Meet Sally Melson

My name is Sally Melson. I have recently been appointed the “Alice Rose” Metabolic Nurse Specialist for the South West Region. I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1991 training at Bloomsbury and Islington College of Nursing and Midwifery. I relocated to Norwich shortly after qualifying to train as a Midwife. Following a family move, I came to Bristol in 1994 where I decided that Children’s Nursing was the route I wanted to pursue. I have worked as a Children’s Nurse since March 1995. I undertook my training at the University of the West of England and qualified as Registered Nurse (Child Branch) in 1997.

Since qualification I have undertaken a variety of roles, initially working at Southmead Hospital on the children’s wards gaining a very varied experience. I have also worked as an Enteral Nutrition Nurse Specialist - this was a community based role in which I provided support and education to families, children and their carers both in the home and school environment.

More recently, I have worked on an acute medical ward at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children which remains my base for the “Alice Rose” role.

Although new to the metabolic service, I hope to be able to support both families who have children already diagnosed with metabolic disorders and those newly diagnosed. I will be working as part of the regional metabolic team. This is currently being developed, so far with a specialist metabolic dietitian and soon will include a specialist metabolic consultant. As the regional service develops, I will be one of the points of contact for doctors and nurses who are looking after children with metabolic conditions.

The role of the “Alice Rose” Metabolic Nurse Specialist is still very new. I hope, as the service expands in the South West Region, there will be many new and exciting developments. I am very much looking forward to working closely with children and their families in this very new, challenging and exciting role.

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