Rebecca Clarke, 35, died of cervical cancer last week after a long and courageous battle with the disease
Her devastated colleagues at the Barlborough NHS Treatment Center – where she worked as a general practitioner liaison officer – have described her as the “face” of her operation, which involves many patients from Mansfield and Ashfield.
Nursing Director Elaine Bodle of Mansfield said, “Rebecca was a brilliant person and very talented too. She made progress in her career and was known to all of our patients who had a real interest in her and her treatment.
“She was also the driving force behind many of the hospital’s fundraising and promotional events at local shows and malls.
“She was known and respected by the local GPs as she would visit them to talk about the service and how we could support their patients.
“Most recently she had become an excellent photographer and took wonderful pictures of our patients as they returned to the lives and hobbies they loved after surgery. A series appeared in Mansfield Chad. She is and will always be missed greatly. ” all of us.”
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Her father Phil Clarke said cervical cancer was “highly preventable” and urged women to participate in their smear tests.
“I don’t want a father to be in the position my family is in now. He mourns our beautiful and kind daughter and tries to comfort her little daughter, our granddaughter,” said Phil. “I would all fathers and encourage husbands to play. ” part of encouraging the women in their lives to make their own health a priority. “
The appeal was supported by her grieving mother, Julie.
“I know smear tests are uncomfortable and nobody looks forward to them, but I would ask any woman who gets a smear test appointment to attend. And if you don’t get an appointment, follow it up. In the end not like our favorite daughter, ”she said.
Rebecca had worked at Barlborough Hospital since it opened as the Barlborough NHS Treatment Center in 2005.
She started out as the occupational therapist’s assistant, helping to ensure that patients’ homes were safe and adequately equipped when they returned home after surgery.
In 2016, Rebecca was promoted to the position of GP Liaison Officer and Marketing Coordinator – a position where colleagues say she was really successful.