Andrew Pye, staff nurse at Westmorland General Hospital for Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust
A move to South Cumbria gave Andrew Pye the chance to explore different areas of medicine and tick off Wainwrights at the weekend.
While working as a staff nurse at Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal, Andrew has developed his skills in the area of minor illness and minor injury.
“I was looking for a change and a challenge in a rural, beautiful setting and this job popped up on the vacancy site and I came for an informal chat,” said Andrew.
“I was expecting to be here for 20 minutes and it lasted two hours because all the staff were so welcoming and nice.
“I had been looking for something in this area of minor injury and minor illness based work and this had the added benefit of being in Cumbria, which my partner and I come to quite a lot for hiking and camping anyway.
“I have been saying to friends who ask about what it is like to move over here that all of my work colleagues are incredibly friendly and supportive in helping me fit into a new environment and a new style of medical experience.
“Everybody is cheerful under pressure when it is busy and we like to have a bit of fun while working hard. The Trust are really supportive of personal development and professional development, so in the last couple of months I have learned how to suture and how to put plaster casts on and I have had a lot of learning in a short amount of time to boost my skill set.”
“The work and life balance is perfect for me and my partner,” said Andrew.
“I finish a shift at three o’clock and I can then go out for a walk in the countryside. There are plenty of interesting things to do in Kendal as well. There is the Brewery Arts Centre and the cinema and lots of lovely little restaurants and cafes dotted around to go and explore.
“In terms of transport links it is on the West Coast Mainline and the M6 isn’t that far away so friends from York can easily pop over without much difficulty.”
Life in South Cumbria has given Andrew the chance to spend even more time exploring the valleys and fells of the Lakes.
“We like hiking and climbing and we’ve a small campervan and so we tootle around in that,” he said.
“On a couple of days off we can drive out to a nice campsite or a nice lakeside spot and spend a couple of nights and explore the area and some local villages.
“We drove up to Wasdale in the campervan and had a lovely weekend there and there is the whole Lake District coast to go and explore as well, so that’s something to look forward to.
“I did quite a lot of climbing at the climbing wall in York, but I am completely blown away by the Kendal Climbing Wall, which is just massive.
“We have been hiking all over the place. We have started climbing all the Wainwrights and so we are doing those, picking off some of the more obscure ones and straying off the beaten track.”
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