Flying Rugby nurse to save sight across globe

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A Rugby nurse is taking to the skies to help save the sight of people in poor countries.

Angela Purcell has joined the charity Orbis as head nurse of its ‘flying eye hospital’. Having spent ten years at Walsgrave and University hospitals in Coventry, Angela will join a global team on the DC-10 aircraft, which houses a fully equipped teaching hospital. It is designed to help medics in poor countries improve their skills.

Angela said: “It is a great honour to be able to work with this organisation that I have always held with the highest of regards for all these years.”

Angela has completed all onboard training and has just taken her first oversees assignment to Panama as head nurse.

Angela obtained her nursing certificate in 1985 from Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and worked in general theatres for several years.