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Ruth Greene

Patient Governor

Patient Governor - Ruth Greene

My current role

I was elected as a Patient Governor in July 2016 and was re-elected for my second term in June 2019. I intend to stand again for my third and final term in 2022.

My motivation for becoming a governor was due to receiving continued outpatient treatment on a regular basis, I have also had many inpatient admissions since 2009. I became a governor as I have a valuable insight in how the outpatient and inpatient experience can be improved, with communication at the forefront of my ideas. I have actively been involved in many hospital committees and am a committee member of the CPPG (Cancer Patient Partnership Group) both as governor and patient. I am also a lay member of the Cambridge Breast Unit Research Group Advisory Group and am involved in proofreading new leaflets. When possible, I volunteer for many activities organised by the hospital including 15 Steps, PLACE, Focus Groups and one-off events in the concourse.

Previous history

I was self-employed from 1984, retiring in 2012 due to the limits of my medical condition. I have been a film extra, a role-player and helped to train junior doctors at both Addenbrooke’s and Norwich Hospitals on how to carry out minor procedures, take a medical history, break bad news and deal with difficult personal situations, as well as carrying out similar tasks for private companies. From 1984-1993 I manufactured a range of frozen vegetarian convenience meals and soups from my previous home in London. Additionally from 1984-2012 I ran a home-based secretarial service.

Personal interests

My main interests are theatre, cinema, ballet and other cultural events, as well as gardening and growing my own vegetables. I also enjoy listening to the radio whilst knitting or making tapestry cushions. I have a keen interest in what is happening in my local area and am active in speaking out.