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Chief nurse retires after 40 years

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After over 40 years caring for the needs of patients, NHS Suffolk’s chief nurse and director of patient safety and clinical quality, has decided to retire.

Sue Hayter, who qualified as a nurse in Cardiff in 1969, and her career has included working in Scotland, England and at an RAF hospital in Cyprus, before returning back to the UK to begin a career in community nursing.

Over the last five decades Mrs Hayter, has worked in a variety of roles, including former matron of Hartismere Hospital and managing community services in the west of the county. 

Mrs Hayter said: “I feel privileged to have spent my career in the nursing profession and am especially proud of the developments in healthcare both in delivery and quality in Suffolk over the years.

NHS Suffolk chief executive Carole Taylor-Brown said: “Her deep sense of empathy, compassion and commitment make her a role model for nurses throughout the county.”

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