Holbrook Surgery worker given title of Queen’s Nurse

Joyce Skeet with her Queen's Nurse certificate
Joyce Skeet with her Queen's Nurse certificate

A second trip to Cambodia to help improve diabetes awareness awaits a Horsham nurse who has been awarded a prestigious title.

Joyce Skeet, 64, a practice nurse at Holbrook Surgery, was named Queen’s Nurse by nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Last year, Joyce flew to Cambodia as a volunteer along with 18 other nurses, a teacher and her husband Robert, as part of a concentrated two-week effort in the Asian state.

In January, she is set to return for a month, where she will be concentrating solely on diabetes, in which she specialises.

She said: “I was in Cambodia with a lot of Queen’s Nurses and they said ‘you have got to apply’. That is where it came from.

“People there live on less than a dollar a day and have to give something to their medicine.”

The Queen’s Nurse title indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, rather than an award for past service.