A local nurse has been commended for her actions after her quick thinking helped save the life of a member of Fife Health Board.
June Lindsay (61), primary care nurse at Leven Health Centre, spotted Harry Blyth’s unusual symptoms, and alerted a doctor. Within hours, he was on a drip before a scan in hospital revealed several blood clots.
“The doctor told me that within 10 days, I would have been away,” said Harry, who is a non-executive member of Fife Health Board.
“So that’s why we’ve come along here to say a personal thank you to June. I have been awarded the local hero award from Provost Jim Leishman, but for me, June is my local hero.”
Receiving the nod on Thursday, June, who has been a nurse for 42 years, said she was “completely gobsmacked”, adding: “I didn’t know anything about it! It’s nice to be recognised and appreciated.”
Recalling the incident, June said:“Harry had been due to come in for a test for his asthma. But he was on antibiotics, so I gave him a week phone and I could hear he was breathless. He asked if he could come down, and when he did, he just looked dreadful. I knew something was wrong, so I told the doctor, who reviewed him and sent him straight to hospital. He was lucky.”
She added: “That’s just what you do for your patients. When you get this kind of scenario, you just deal with it as best you can to the best of your knowledge. Everyone deserves to be looked after, and after 42 years in nursing, I’m still passionate about that.”
Allan Burns, chair of Fife Health Board, said: “For June, this is her job, and she probably does things like this all the time. But Harry wanted to recognise her for the exceptional treatment she provided. Her intervention was very meaningful to him and his family, and she goes the extra mile.”