A MATRON from Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, has been to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen after courageously overcoming serious injuries suffered in a road accident.
Suzanne Pilkington (pictured), matron of the Children’s Unit, was one of only six guests from the Westcountry to attend the Buckingham Palace reception for healthcare professionals.
Suzanne, who lives near Taunton, was nominated by Musgrove foundation trust chairman Ros Wyke.
About 200 guests attended the reception and Suzanne spent two hours at the palace meeting members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, the Duke of Kent, and Princess Alexandra.
Suzanne said afterwards: “It was a wonderful evening.
“We were treated to Champagne and hors d’oeuvres and were able to wander around the State Rooms where there were items on display from the Royal Collection that related to healthcare through the centuries.
“It was fascinating and I felt so proud to be there representing Musgrove.
“I wore my matron’s uniform with pride and just felt so honoured.”
Mrs Wyke said: “We were so delighted that Suzanne was selected for this special reception.
“We nominated her because of the way she courageously overcame her injuries following a serious road accident when she was cycling to work.
“She sustained major injuries, including a broken pelvis and head injuries.
“Suzanne was a much admired matron before the accident, but the way in which she has bravely undergone her rehabilitation and returned to work has been an inspiration for the whole workforce.
“I am so thrilled that she has been recognised in this way.”