A health visitor is set to retire after 44 years service in the NHS.
To mark the occasion Sue France was presented with some flowers by Alice Webster, director of nursing at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, at a recent Health Visitors Celebration Day.
I will miss all my colleagues and friends in the NHS when I retireSue France
Sue began her nursing career with Queen Alexandra’s Royal Navy Nursing service in 1971. She said: “Those were the days of traditional nursing uniforms, complicated hats and starched aprons. The training in the navy was excellent but ward life was very different from today.”
In 1975 she completed her midwifery training working from 1985 at Buchanan Hospital in St Leonards, followed by a community midwifery post. In 1993 Sue began her health visitor training, qualifying in September 1994. She later went on to obtain a degree in community health studies in 1995. Sue said: “I have spent the last 20 years of my career in health visiting and have enjoyed it immensely. I was fortunate to be based in an excellent GP surgery in Northiam for 16 years and I developed a deep insight into a rural community and a strong relationship with the population. I have had several management roles over the years but all of them have been alongside my clinical work. I will miss all my colleagues and friends in the NHS when I retire.”
Alice said: “Sue is a fine example of a nurse and health visitor who has devoted her long career to the care of her patients.”