A day in the life: theatre nursing

The Royal Marsden has nine operating theatres across the Trust. Our theatre nurses play a vital role in ensuring that all operations go well.

Ash Dileep, Staff Nurse, Theatres

I have worked as a theatre nurse since I joined The Royal Marsden in 2009. I trained as a nurse in 1997 in Bangalore, India and spent some time working in Dubai before coming to the UK.

I did the NHS nurse adaptation course and theatre course before moving into theatre nursing. I really enjoy working in theatres because it is different and much more technically challenging than other nursing specialties.

My duties begin well before the start of the operation. Having the right equipment and staff to support the operation is essential, so planning is very important. We all need to be quick and have good critical thinking skills.

Working in theatre all day can be very intense, but the buzz from working so closely with the team is fantastic. We all need to have a lot of energy because not only are we on our feet all day, but we are also concentrating on one very important task for the entire time. I believe that a good scrub nurse is one who anticipates rather than responds to a request.

Working in theatre all day can be very intense, but the buzz from working so closely with the team is fantastic

Ash Dileep, Staff Nurse, Theatres