Stamford Hospital staff bid farewell to matron Sue Brooks with a cake
Staff from Stamford Hospital have said goodbye to matron and site manager Sue Brooks, after 30 years of service in the NHS.
Colleague Tami Brown made her a cake, replicating her matron's uniform, which was presented to Sue on her last day yesterday (Wednesday).
Sue began her career in 1985 when she started training as a mental health nurse, before transferring to general nursing.
She said: “I had always wanted to become a nurse as a child, but I didn’t decide to pursue a career in nursing until my 30s. As part of my training I was required to undertake a placement on a ‘care for the elderly’ ward and absolutely loved it. I decided to transfer to general nurse training and never looked back.”
Once she had qualified, Sue joined the orthopaedic ward at Kettering Hospital and worked her way up to ward manager, before moving to Stamford Hospital to become matron.
“There is something special about Stamford and Rutland Hospital – I felt it as soon as I walked around on my first day,” said Sue. “It has been a privilege to spend the last 10 years of my nursing career in such a lovely place; it really does have its own soul.
“A hospital is only as good as the people who keep it running and it has been a pleasure to work with such a fantastic team. I go home every day knowing that our patients have received outstanding care. I want to thank the staff, volunteers, Friends of Stamford Hospital and all those that have supported me and the hospital during my time here.”
Over the last 10 years Sue has seen a number of changes to Stamford and Rutland Hospital, including the £2million redevelopment which saw the installation of a new MRI scanner, a new outpatients department with additional rooms for adults and children, a second ultrasound room, an improved physiotherapy gym, a new pain management department and new clinic rooms.
“There has been a real investment in the services the hospital offers and we are busier than ever,” said Sue. “Stamford is now offering more outpatient clinics, meaning patients no longer have to travel to Peterborough, and there have been significant improvements in the hospital environment.”
Jo Bennis, chief nurse at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust which runs Stamford and Rutland Hospital, said: “On behalf of the Trust Board, I would like to thank Sue for her hard work over the last ten years. Sue has been an excellent role model for staff and I would like to personally thank her for her drive and commitment to delivering the highest quality of care for our patients.
“There have been a number of changes to the hospital over the years and Sue has always ensured that the local community were at the heart of these improvements, making sure service users were engaged and aware of what was happening. She will be greatly missed, but we wish her all the best in her retirement.”
Sue gave an interview with the Mercury about her time at Stamford Hospital. Click here to read it