For Phoebe, it’s an obvious choice. Ward 12, at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, cares for patients needing neurological rehabilitation. Phoebe is part of a closely-knit team of doctors, nurses, allied health specialists and psychologists who help patients, many of whom have had a stroke, improve their independence and quality of life so they can return to their community.
“There is so much teamwork between us and in my own little way I just want to help my team and my ward. Run Melbourne is an opportunity for me to help my workplace.”
Patients in Ward 12 often stay for several months and staff form strong bonds as they work with their patients to gradually re-gain their independence.
“Many patients have gone from living a normal life to having a stroke and becoming completely dependent on us for their daily care,” says Phoebe. “One thing I love about working on this ward is that I get to share in their progress and know that I’ve helped to make a difference. It’s a really nice feeling.”
Even as we chat, Phoebe’s quiet and caring nature is apparent. It is clear she takes her work very seriously and cares about her patients.
“I feel like some patients become like family, I love to come to work and I look forward to seeing them.”
Since taking up running five years ago as part of a health kick, Phoebe is hooked.
“I love running, I’ve been running for five years, it’s therapeutic for me, especially when I’m stressed, I just want to run! I did Run Melbourne last year and It was really fun, there were lots of people of different ages, there was a woman in her 60’s who became my inspiration on the day!”
Phoebe is running the 10km on July 29 and is so thankful for the opportunity to help her ward continue to provide exceptional care to patients.
“If you’re able to help, why not just do it?” – Phoebe Tagros
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