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Matrons take on Peverley

From Kymm Monkhouse, community matron, Havering

From Kymm Monkhouse, community matron, Havering

I am a community matron and would like to respond to Dr Phil Peverley. I am most disappointed that he has attempted to undermine an entire service by using an example of what he considered to be bad practice.

It would have been much better if he had given some examples of good practice as well to offer the audience a more balanced view of the community matron service.

However, if he feels unable to do that, maybe he would like to join me on my rounds.Furthermore, I am saddened by the suggestion that community matrons should return to hospitals rather than work in the community where, he claims, evidence shows our skills are not needed.

It appears to me Dr Peverley has lost sight of the need to improve the quality of patients' lives, which is at the heart of what community matrons do, as well as preventing hospital admissions.

When I go to a patient, diagnose a condition and write a prescription there is great satisfaction on both sides.May I suggest Dr Peverley is a little envious and possibly feels threatened.

• From Maureen Quansah, community matron, north-east London

As a community matron I find Dr Peverley's article very offensive and degrading.

I cannot help but think that he took a short-sighted view of the role of the community matron, focusing on one incident in which it appears the nurse acted in the best interest of all concerned. We do a very good job in our area, saving many admissions with our expertise and skills, working in partnership with GPs to keep patients in their own homes and facilitating excellent community care.Articles such as this only fuel animosity. The community matron's role is in its infancy and needs to be given time to develop, just like when a new doctor qualifies.

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