Peterborough City Hospital nurse who cares for premature or poorly babies retires after 44 years’ service

Sue Fisher

Sue Fisher

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A nurse who cares for premature or poorly babies and their anxious parents at Peterborough City Hospital has retired after 44 years’ service.

Nursery nurse Sue Fisher was bid a fond farewell by colleagues after her last 12 hour shift in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Sue (62), who lives in Deeping St James, near Peterborough, began her career at Peterborough Maternity Unit in what was then called the Special Care Baby Unit, in 1971. She completed her nursery nurse training at Leicester College and Day Nurseries.

Sue said: “I was terrified on my first day. But I very quickly began to love working with babies and their parents. The most important thing I can do is to make parents feel that they can leave their baby in safe hands.

“I have seen some fantastic developments in the care of premature and poorly newborns during my career.

“When I first began, babies born at 30 weeks in the womb stood little chance of surviving, whereas now, thanks to progression in both medicine and medical equipment, those born at 24 weeks can survive.”

Sue played an integral part in the setting up of the Outreach team for the NICU, which involved her visiting parents who have had a baby cared for in the unit at their home to provide ongoing support and advice.

She also set up reunions for parents who have been through the same ordeal to help them support each other.

Jo Bennis, chief nurse at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals, said: “On behalf of the Trust board of directors, I would like to thank Sue for dedicating the past 44 years to caring for what I imagine runs into thousands of babies who have had a difficult start to life.

“The care and support she has given to those babies and their parents is truly remarkable and she will be greatly missed. We wish her a fantastic retirement.”