All of us at Saving Faces are saddened to hear that after a long illness, our dear friend Pat Wicking will not be with us for much longer. Pat was diagnosed with breast cancer, but unfortunately after two years of treatment, this has returned more aggressively and she is now being looked after at a London hospice.
Patients and long-time supporters of Saving Faces will remember Pat, who worked as a nurse in St. Bart’s Hospital. For many years, she was an integral part of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, treating patients and colleagues alike with care and respect. She was not just an excellent nurse. Pat always had time to listen and explain. Her patience, understanding and empathy made a real difference to the lives of hundreds of patients and their relatives. Although she stopped NHS nursing at the age of 70, Pat was not ready to retire and continued to provide comfort and support to Prof Hutchison’s private patients for several more years.
Pat has been a driving force in Saving Faces from the very beginning. You may have met her at any number of events, our annual Christmas carols, cycle events, public research summits, and more. She was a Saving Faces Trustee for several years, only stepping down reluctantly due to her illness.
We all love her very much, and our thoughts and prayers are with her at this time.
If you would like any further information, Professor Hutchison is available on his mobile. Our office will be happy to supply you with his contact details.