Sarah MacQuire

Practice Nurse

I am one of those lucky people who always knew what they wanted to do when they left school. As far back as I can remember I wanted to be a nurse and nursing still remains my passion.

I trained at King’s College Hospital, Camberwell back in the days of starched aprons and linen hats (fond memories!). After qualifying, I stayed at King’s working on a cardio-thoracic and vascular surgical ward. Here I gained valuable acute nursing and management skills.

I then took some time out to travel around the world and spent some time working as a nurse in Australia. On my return, I went back to King’s where I worked on the Liver failure unit gaining experience in intensive care nursing as well as ward management.

I eventually decided to try something different away from the hospital environment and shift work and started working as a Practice Nurse .

Unsure at first as the role is so different to what I was used to, I soon found myself really enjoying the challenge. Every single day is different as the work is so broad. From travel immunisations to ear irrigation, cervical smears to chronic disease management to name a few. I particularly enjoy the continuity of having regular patients and building relationships which I hope patients find beneficial too. I now have almost 20 years nursing experience; 7 years of which is in Practice Nursing.

Particular successes in Primary Care have included setting up and running a nurse-led Asthma clinic and being the designated lead nurse for Diabetes within my NHS Practice.


RGN (Registered General Nurse)

ENB Family Planning and reproductive health

Diploma In Asthma Care

Diploma in Diabetes management in Primary Care