Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has paid tribute to Patti Pitcher, a staff nurse based in Ipswich, who is retiring after a nursing career spanning 40 years.
Starting her career as a cadet nurse at 16 years old, Ms Pitcher initially worked on an elderly ward at Ipswich Hospital. After completing her general nursing training in Ipswich, she then worked on the orthopaedic wards at the former Anglesea Hospital before becoming a psychiatric nurse in 1982
Following a spell as a community psychiatric nurse, she returned to acute settings and spent the next 18 years as a night sister or staff nurse.
Ms Pitcher said: “Over the years, the biggest change I have seen has been the growth of community services.”
Asked what she will miss most, she said: “My colleagues and camaraderie, definitely, but I still intend to do the odd shift.”