Nurse Sue clocks up 50 golden years in area’s NHS hospitals

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Endoscopy nurse Sue Hood is celebrating clocking up an incredible 50 years in the NHS.

Sue, of Harrogate, left school one Friday in 1966 and started work at Ripon Hospital on the Monday as a cadet nurse. Since then, she’s worked at York Hospital as a psychiatric nurse and at the old County and City Hospital.

She started at Harrogate District Hospital 27 years ago and worked as an orthopaedic nurse before joining the Endoscopy Department on a bank contract five years ago.

Sue said: “I’ve been so happy at work over the years. I’m so glad I came into nursing. A lot has changed in nursing but also some things haven’t.

“You still need to know your role, have a good leader and be part of a good team. It’s so much fun. I’m proud to work at Harrogate District Hospital.”

Sue is married to husband Derek, a BT engineer.

Lorraine Dyson, Endoscopy Manager, said: “Sue brings with her 50 years of nursing experience, and has so much to offer several generations of colleagues. She keeps fit and well and still has plenty to contribute. Patients love being with her and being cared for by her.”