QEQM nurse tragically loses battle with cancer

Tributes have been paid to a former oncology nurse who has died after her battle with breast cancer.

Mary-Anne Lovett, 55, passed away on Thursday at the QEQM hospital in Margate where she worked for nearly 20 years as an oncology matron.

Mary-Anne has been described as “well-loved” by both patients and staff, and was among those who helped set up the acute oncology service at East Kent Hospitals. She lived in Ramsgate for most of her life, and worked at the QEQM until two years ago when she retired.

Steve Kemp, who is Mary-Anne’s husband, and her daughter Charlotte Lovett, say that her death came as a “sudden shock” to everyone.

“There was never any thought that she might not make it.” Said Charlotte. “She was so positive throughout the treatment and she had so many plans for the rest of the year.”

Mary-Anne was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type pf blood cancer, when she was in her 20’s and then again in her 40’s. She suffered from a heart attack aged 38.

Her husband, Steve, said that she was “so passionate” about nursing and had “so much zest for life”.

“Mary-Anne inspired so many of us and her legacy will live on in the nurses and clinicians she nurtured and encouraged.”

“Mary-Anne wasn’t afraid of anything, even dying. She was a huge support to me and in the 11 years we were together she helped me develop as a person, at home and at work.”

Charlotte has described her mum as her “best friend”.

“We spoke every day,” she said. “The hardest thing has been writing a text to share something funny with her, and then realizing she won’t ever see it.

“We have had so many messaged from colleagues and friends who loved and respected her, and it’s been lovely to hear that others saw her in the same things we did.”

The chief executive of East Kent Hospitals’, Susan Ascott, has led staff tributes to Mary-Anne.

She said: “Mary-Anne will be remembered for her kindness, her wicked sense of humour and her dedication to her patients.

“She was passionate about helping others, whether that be friends, colleagues or her patients, and her loss is felt by everyone in the Trust family.

Mary-Anne managed the specialist cancer nurses at QEQM and was the chairman of the innovation hub meetings.

Sharon Hatfield-Tugwell, another former colleague, said: “Mary-Anne was an extremely well-respected, dedicated nurse, who not only had a tremendous work ethic that inspired many nurses and clinicians but she was passionate, dedicated, kind and touched the lives of so many.”