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Physio Lauren keen to give something back to department that treated her
30 October 2017

Physios Lauren and CharlieLauren CulleyLauren Culley’s desire to give something back to the department she holds so dear, was her motivation for becoming a children’s physio.

The 22-year-old spent a large part of her childhood at our hospital, after being diagnosed with congenital dislocation of the hip (CDH) aged two and then juvenile arthritis, aged seven.

“I have always had a love for physiotherapy and I wanted to do what my physios did, but I didn’t know at the time whether that was possible and if, physically, I would be able to do it,” said Lauren, who underwent hip surgery earlier this year.

“I was determined to be a physiotherapist. I got through my treatment and training but it was only by fluke that my seventh and last placement was here and, even more coincidental, on the children’s ward where I spent so much time.

“When I started my job here in September (this year), one of my aims was to make a child’s experience of coming to physio as enjoyable as possible, just like it was for me. I wanted to give something back.

“I was a bit nervous when I started, but I already had an idea how I wanted to come across. I like seeing the difference a physio can make.”

Now, her journey has come full circle and the former University of Hertfordshire student is working alongside many of the staff that dedicated so many hours to her in her formative years, including senior physiotherapist and Lauren’s manager, Charlie Martin.

“I started coming to the hospital when I was two, I can’t remember much, but I do remember wearing broomsticks (plaster casts) and I recovered quite well,” Lauren said.

“It was then found I had juvenile arthritis and I had physio for years and years, often in this room, so it was quite surreal when I returned to work here and saw a lot of the same nurses, play staff and Doctor (Christopher) Yale were still here.

“I used to love coming here and looked forward to my physical exercise, it was a highlight for me.”

Charlie (pictured, right with Lauren) added: “We knew Lauren was training to be a physio and were really pleased when she qualified; her success is testament to her drive and determination. She is a real inspiration.”