A children’s nurse consultant from Marsden has been awarded an MBE for services to paediatric nursing across Greater Manchester.
Julie Flaherty, 59, started as a cadet nurse in 1973 at Booth Hall Hospital in Manchester and estimates that she has cared for more than half a million children throughout her career.
She started work at Salford Royal in 2005 and is Nurse Consultant in the Trust’s Panda Unit, the emergency department for children with acute illness and injury.
Julie, mother of four children and three step children, said: “I am really pleased, excited and tearful, all the emotions you can have to be honest. It is such a privilege and honour.”
She has dedicated lots of her spare time volunteering for humanitarian efforts around the world and has travelled to Uganda, the Mumbai slums and more recently Sierra Leone, where she helped during the ebola breakout.