A Tribute to Nikki Kieffer

Some sad news. Our endocrinology nurse in Leicester, Nikki Kieffer, died unexpectedly on Monday 28th October 2019.

Nikki had worked at the Leicester Royal Infirmary for over 20 years. Nikki was a pioneering nurse, bringing the care of patients with Pituitary conditions into the twenty first century. Her care for patients at the hospital was phenomenal, she went above and beyond the call of duty, often spending many hours working behind the scenes and contacting patients by phone and email.

Not only that. Nikki changed the way endocrinology patients were diagnosed, not just in Leicester, but throughout the country. Putting together protocols for investigation into pituitary illness, that were adopted by many hospitals in the U.K.

Nikki also presented papers and research at conferences and meetings internationally. Continually reminding endocrinologists that patient care was the top priority.

Nikki’s death will be felt not just in Leicester by all her patients and staff, but by health care professionals globally. She will be very much mourned and missed.

Nikki leaves a wonderful legacy of “real care of patients” in the real world. Delivered with kindness and compassion. Her colleagues at Leicester Royal Infirmary will have a lot to live up to. Currently they are devastated by her death.

Nikki also leaves behind her lovely husband Ken and their son’s. We send them our sincere condolences.

So we say farewell to a wonderful, dedicated, compassionate, friendly and lovely endocrinology nurse. Who will be much missed.

Peter O’Malley. Leicester