As part of this year’s Volunteer’s Week, we want to celebrate Wendy Rae-Mitchell and the work she has done to support and advocate for those living with endometriosis.
Wendy has been a huge supporter of Endometriosis UK for many years, and has served in roles within our Medical Advisory Panel and as one of the Guildford Support Group Leaders. As Wendy steps down from these, and other endometriosis related roles, we wanted to highlight her amazing commitment and dedication in both her professional and voluntary work to improving the lives of those living with endometriosis.
"Nothing was too much trouble for Wendy. It has always been hard to join up services in the NHS but somehow she managed it in her role! She has helped literally hundreds of women with endometriosis." Carol Pearson, Endometriosis UK Patient Representative and former patient
Wendy’s work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in endometriosis at the Royal Surrey Hospital and long-term involvement in the Guildford Endometriosis Support Group has provided a huge amount of women and their families with essential support and empathy in managing living with endometriosis and ensuring they have access to the best treatment for them. Her knowledge and understanding of the condition and the impact it can have on all areas of someone’s life has led to many patients feeling understood for the first time.
“Wendy was my pre & post op. Nurse when I had my combined Endo surgery. She was incredible! Not only did she support me & answer any awkward and/or difficult questions I had, but she also supported my parents throughout. I cannot thank Wendy enough for her kindness & support! She is one in a million!” Rhea, Endometriosis UK Volunteer and Patient
As well has her clinical work, Wendy was the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopies’ Nurses and Paramedic’s Representative, working to develop the scope of others within the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role . She has also carried out a number of CNS Training Courses, ensuring that her expertise and knowledge can be used by other nurses to improve the patient experience throughout the UK.
Wendy has presented at a number of Endometriosis UK’s Living with Endometriosis Information Events and has also fundraised for us by completing the Three Peaks Challenge in a pair of pink pants!
“Wendy has been relentless in her fight for women to be heard and supported and we will miss her dearly whilst we continue with some of her outstanding work via the Guildford Support Group.” Joclyn, Amy & Imogen, Guildford Support Group Leaders
We would like to say a huge thank you to Wendy for all of her work, expertise and support over the years – your input in improving the treatment and care of patients has been invaluable.