Hi, I’m Dr. Rachael Warner, I currently work as a GP in Neston, looking after patients of all ages with all kinds of medical problems. I am also the GP lead for cancer in Western Cheshire, my main role here focuses on driving up standards of the service, through regular meetings with my colleagues across the region.
I grew up in Widnes, so I’m a local girl. This is where I had my first job as a health care assistant in a nursing home, which ultimately led me in to medicine. I also felt strong links to the field from a young age as my sister suffered from Cystic Fibrosis, resulting in me spending lots of time in hospital with her.
After studying medicine at university, I became a house officer at Arrowe Park hospital, before continuing with my GP training. I was also keen to become involved with the cancer services as I have very personal links to the field, after my mother died of pancreatic cancer whilst I was at medical school.
There have been many highlights to my medical career, one of the most memorable is when I delivered my first baby; it was great to see a new life come in to the world surrounded by joy! It also makes extremely proud when I see how grateful people are for the work we do, from birth to death.
I’m a busy, working mum so I don’t tend to get much free time. You’ll find me cheering my son along at his football matches and supporting my daughter in her dance classes most weekends. I am also a qualified dance teacher myself, so I enjoy teaching a few classes a week to keep fit and relax.
If I wasn’t a doctor (and I had the ability!), my dream job would be in the theatre or in a Broadway musical.
I think Action on Cancer is great, encouraging people to get checked out as early as possible is the best way to save lives. The cancer services are here to be taken advantage of and we’re always working to find ways to make these better for our patients as they’re our number one priority.