Fertility Nurse Specialist
Grace Phiri qualified as a registered nurse in 1983 in Zambia and worked in surgical/medical wards, children’s nursing, gynaecology, orthopaedics and A&E units at the University Teaching Hospital and Mine Hospital for 15 years.
In 1998, she developed an interest in acquiring counselling skills to help support her patients and decided to get some experience in HIV counselling, so she joined an out-reach clinic and underwent three months training and six months work experience in this environment.
In 1998, Grace came to England and worked at Watford General Hospital in the medical and surgical wards for a year. She moved to Essex and started working at the Southend General Hospital on the urology ward from 2000 for two years. In 2002, she joined the Nuffield Hospital in Brentwood, where she was engaged as a fertility nurse and rose to be become Unit Sister.
Grace worked at the Nuffield Hospital in the IVF unit for 10 years gaining an in-depth knowledge of the management of infertility including all aspects of fertility nursing, administration and ultrasound scanning skills.
Grace says: “I am really looking forward to developing my skills even further with Bourn Hall, and very keen to put all my experience and patient care skills into use in establishing a new service at Wickford for patients in the local area.
“I am so excited that we can bring the highest quality IVF treatment closer to patients in my home county and help make the journey towards parenthood as convenient and as caring as possible.”