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Alex: Home from Home

Corporal Alexandra Doyle provides an update on life as a military nurse and her time at our Surbiton Home.


Hello all,

It’s been quite some time since I last posted anything – but I have definitely not forgotten about the RSGH!


I’ve been working hard at Headley Court as an RAF nurse, and then fitting in some time on the reception desk at the Surbiton Home as well! It’s been so lovely to be wrapped up back in the always wonderful The Royal Star & Garter Homes. My mother and I make quite a double act as well, which is great fun and makes the residents giggle.

We’ve had a visit from a small farm yard here for the residents – which I took great advantage of and cuddled all sorts of animals! We’ve had music recitals of all kinds, quizzes, and residents have regaled me with stories of their trips out on the road and on the river. There’s always so much going on!


Outside of my time at the RSGH, I’m sure many of you are aware that Headley Court, where I work, is closing after many decades of treating our sick and injured service men and women. The building may be closing, but our capability definitely isn’t! Many staff and patients are moving up to the new facility called Stanford Hall in Nottinghamshire this month! I have packed my room up and have completed my last shift at Headley.


It really feels like the end of an era – but I’m definitely feeling ‘glass half full’ about it all. The new facility is purpose built, with all patients getting single en-suite rooms, and amazing new equipment to support treatments and therapies. It was slightly sad to say goodbye to the building, grounds and many of the staff who are not moving up with us. But we had a fabulous leaving party a few weeks ago, which was really enjoyable and fitting for the closing of such an incredible place that has been a big part of so many peoples’ lives!


I also become a home owner in August! I bought my first house in Norwich, Norfolk. It’s a lovely three-bedroom end of terrace house about a 15-minute walk from the city centre. It’s such a great city and I’m glad to have found myself somewhere to make all my own (with some help from mum of course!) The only major thing I have left to buy is a sofa – and I’m being rather picky!


I’ll try make these more regular, and update you all about how the move to Stanford Hall goes – I’m sure it’ll be challenging at times, but amazing once it’s all settled!


I hope you’re all well.