Dr Olivia Scott Eye Unit patient bay dedicated to the memory of “selfless and inspiring” OIivia

Posted: 03rd July 2024

Dr Olivia Scott worked in the Eye Unit here at the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH) between 2000 and 2013.

In March of 2010, Olivia was diagnosed with cancer. Still feeling fit and healthy, it came as quite a shock to her and the family. With two small children and deciding on her career path, Olivia underwent two operations, chemotherapy for 5 months followed by daily radiotherapy whilst also running a 5K during her treatment during 2010. Over time she regained her strength through running as she wanted to support the Cancer Care Appeal here at the RUH, to build the Dyson Cancer Centre, as known today. Olivia unfortunately knew all too well how much a new centre was needed for patients and staff.

She had an incredible passion for education and was particularly keen to encourage and develop her colleagues in their place of work. This passion had a profound effect on the nursing team on the Eye Unit where she worked and has been instrumental in many of the nurses’ careers, as well as ensuring a high quality of care provided to their patients in ophthalmology.

Olivia was also a huge supporter of the RUH’s official charity RUHX and whilst undergoing more treatment, took on another challenge to run the Bath Half Marathon in 2013 to raise more funds for the new Dyson Cancer Centre and help provide the very best environment for patients going through their own cancer journey. She ran for others who couldn’t, with her husband Paul by her side during her training sessions and on the big day too! After 2 hours and 7 minutes, they crossed the finish line.

On 9th August 2015, Olivia sadly passed away. Her friends, family and colleagues want to remember her on the Eye Unit through dedication of The Dr Olivia Scott Patient Bay. Olivia was an incredible, selfless, affectionate, and inspiring lady and her legacy of care will continue to make a difference to patients and their families who may need the hospitals help in the future. Olivia was a truly extra extraordinary person who will be remembered for years to come by us at RUHX and by patients visiting her bay on the unit where a commemorative sign is being installed to celebrate her legacy.

Olivia pictured with her 2 children