Remembering Donald Suelto

Donald Suelto, staff nurse at the Constance Wood Chemotherapy Unit at Hammersmith Hospital, died at home in April 2020.

Donald trained in the Philippines where he achieved his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1992. His nursing career took him to work overseas at the King Fahd Hospital in Saudi Arabia, where he worked on a neuro-surgical unit, before coming to the UK to join the NHS in 2002. Donald worked at Southend University Hospital for six years as a staff nurse on a colorectal surgical ward before moving to London to work at St Bartholomew’s Hospital from 2008 to 2019. During his time at Bart’s he worked in a cancer day surgery unit caring for patients undergoing diagnostic and surgical procedures, where he became a valued member of the clinical team. He developed a keen interest in oncology nursing and his focus was on developing his professional skills to deliver the highest standard of care for patients on cancer care pathways.

Donald joined the Constance Wood Chemotherapy Unit at Hammersmith Hospital, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, in July 2019. He came to the team with a wealth of experience in caring for patients with cancer and quickly adapted to working in a new clinical environment, making a big contribution to the clinical team. He developed extensive chemotherapy administration skills and was highly regarded by both his patients and his colleagues.

His colleagues remember him for his professionalism and compassion.

Lead nurse, Karen Bradley, said:

“We deeply feel the loss of Donald and extend our condolences to his family and friends at this very sad time. He was a very caring, proud and kind-natured nurse, who always strived to deliver the highest standards of nursing care. We are richer for having known and worked with him.”

Senior charge nurse, Cleofe Lagmay said on behalf of the Constance Wood Chemotherapy team:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Donald’s family. Donald was a crucial and dedicated member of our chemotherapy nursing team. He always made sure that his patients received the best possible care. He will be missed by staff and patients. We send our heartfelt sympathies.”