Local hospitals appoint Divisional Nurse for Medicine

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) has appointed Lorna Ball as the Divisional Nurse for Medicine, who will lead around 40 services and wards across three hospital sites.

Originally from just outside of Bournemouth on the south coast, Lorna moved to Sheffield in 2001 for her university education.

“My move to Sheffield couldn’t have taken me further away from the sea,” Lorna recalls, “However, since relocating to South Yorkshire, I’ve been truly captivated by the people and the county itself – I’ve never looked back.”

Lorna began her NHS journey at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, where she completed her nurse training. Upon graduation, she embarked on her career as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Emergency Medicine. From here she transitioned to Respiratory Medicine, advancing through junior nurse management roles within the specialty. Lorna later assumed the position of Deputy Nurse Director, overseeing various departments including Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Endoscopy, specialist nurses, Respiratory services, Diabetes and Endocrine, and Community Specialist services.

Speaking about her appointment, Lorna said: “My goal is for our Division to be the benchmark for service improvement and research at DBTH. By fostering a culture of continuous improvement and reflection, I want to make Medicine the safest care provider with the best clinical outcomes. I envision the Division of Medicine as the desired workplace for all, allowing our nurses to become true experts in their respective fields. I hope to be privileged enough to achieve that status.”

The largest Division within DBTH made up of around 1,600 colleagues, Medicine is made up of a wide range of services and specialities, ranging from Dermatology to Care of the Elderly.

Karen Jessop, Chief Nurse at DBTH, commented on the appointment, “We are delighted to welcome Lorna to our team. Her experience, passion, and vision for the future align perfectly with our goals at DBTH. I am confident that under her leadership, the Division of Medicine will reach new heights.”

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of Yorkshire’s leading acute trusts, serving a population of more than 440,000 across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, and the surrounding areas. The Trust provides a wide range of hospital-based services, including emergency and critical care, maternity, cancer, surgical, and medical specialties.