Sue celebrates her 70th birthday – by not giving up work

A great-grandmother born in the year the NHS was created has no plans to retire despite devoting almost 40 years to caring for patients.

Sue Worrall joined the NHS almost 44 years ago, working at Withernsea Hospital and the Royal Berkshire Hospital before joining Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Now, after 20 years in the Haematology Department in the Chemotherapy Day Unit at the Queen’s Centre, Sue has no intention of retiring despite celebrating her 70th birthday this month.

“The best part of my job is being with patients,” she said. “I just love it.

“We see them at a very difficult time in their lives so if you can cheer them up, it’s good.”

Sue, who has two children, four grand-daughters and two great grandsons, decided to return to work when her daughter was two, successfully applying for a job as an auxiliary nurse at Withernsea Hospital.

She stayed in the role for 22 years before moving south to work in the Colposcopy Department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

However, she missed her family and decided to return to East Yorkshire, getting a job as a phlebotomist taking blood from patients at Hull Royal Infirmary.

She switched to the Haematology Department at Castle Hill Hospital and has stayed there ever since.

As a Clinical Support Worker, Sue carries out roles to support nurses by cannulating patients for blood transfusions and fluids, carrying out observations while they are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

She works Monday, Tuesday and half a day on a Friday, looking after her two great grandsons Riley, 4, and 18-month-old Ollie on her days off. She also has a six-month-old grand-daughter Paisley.

“I don’t think I could retire,” she said. “I wouldn’t know what to do at home.

“I look after my two great grandchildren when I’m not working so putting my feet up isn’t my thing.”

To mark her birthday, Sue’s workmates held a party for her on the unit, bringing along a cut-out of her favourite singer Gary Barlow to help in the celebrations.

Lynsey Wood, Senior Nurse in the Chemotherapy Day Unit, said: “Sue or Super Gran as I like to call her, is truly an incredible person. She is loved by all her colleagues and patients.

“She brightens up all of our days with her sense of humour, supports us all and picks us up if anyone has a low mood.

“Sue truly is a role model and represents everything that the NHS stands for.”