Death of Cornwall child cancer care specialist Dr Nicki Gilbertson
A consultant who worked extensively with children with cancer from across Cornwall has died.
Nicki Gilbertson, consultant paediatrician, was a much-loved figure who played a major part in setting up the children’s cancer unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT).
Matt Thorpe, specialty director and consultant paediatrician, said: “Nicki was an exceptionally dedicated and committed paediatrician who was an inspiration to all of us on the paediatric team.
“She has left a lasting legacy for the care of young people in Cornwall and will be hugely missed by staff and families throughout the county.”
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Dr Gilbertson had been a consultant at RCHT since 1992.
A spokesman for the trust said: “She was a highly regarded doctor and much loved by staff, patients and their families for her dedication to the care of children and young adults.
“As clinical director Nicki led the development of children’s services over many years and was instrumental in the creation of the CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Children) unit and the shared care service allowing more children with cancer to be cared for in Cornwall.”
Dr Gilbertson had been unwell for a number of months and passed away peacefully on December 9 in the company of her family.
A celebration of Dr Gilbertson’s life and work is planned for March 1 at 2pm in Truro Cathedral to which colleagues, patients and their families are all welcomed.