My name is Lorna Pearce McTernan. I was born and live in Edinburgh. I have one son and remarried last year.
My background lies in nursing. I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1982 in Edinburgh. After 10 years in the NHS I left to raise my family, doing childminding and looking after my Mum who suffered from Alzheimer’s. In 1997 I joined Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, a medical charity, as an RN to begin an Advice Line Nurse Service. After Telephone Helpline Training, we began speaking to patients and carers on the phone about their conditions and we began providing our own factsheets and booklets.
Over time, the service developed, and I became Patient Information Manager. With responsibility for production of printed information, fulfilling orders, making sure all information was up to date, running the department, managing and training staff, as well as developing accessible information, providing content for the website and generally improving our patient information.
Lorna Pearce McTernan
I was lucky enough to be involved in several innovative tools including Conversation Books for patients with no speech due to stroke and Videos.
I was involved with several committees developing SIGN Guidelines and spoke at conferences about Patient Information as well as attending many conferences representing the charity.
After 17 years I moved on to pastures new and I am now a Freelance Editor working mainly for Charles Bloe Training; developing, editing and reviewing medical online training courses.
I am delighted to be involved with MDS UK Patient Support, as Newsletter Editor.
I especially love the Patient Stories because I think this really helps other people realise that they are not alone with their diagnosis and that every individual’s experience can be different.