A nurse who has dedicated her career to supporting patients with alcohol issues is to retire next month after nearly 40 years’ service to the NHS.
Jan Fisher, an alcohol liaison specialist nurse at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, will take flexible retirement on 16 September.
“I have really enjoyed working with the team here and seeing the service flourish”
She was instrumental in setting up the hospital alcohol liaison service (HALS) at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in 2014 to support those patients attending hospital with alcohol related issues.
The HALS service has subsequently helped nearly 4,000 patients over the past four years, said the trust.
Ms Fisher, who started her career in 1981, has worked in a variety of roles, including nursing on the stroke ward at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
She said: “I had a special interest in helping people with alcohol related issues, so I was really passionate about setting the HALS service up.
“I have really enjoyed working with the team here and seeing the service flourish,” she added.
To ensure that she received a suitable send-off, her colleagues past and present at the trust marked her upcoming retirement with cards, gifts and a buffet at the hospital on 23 August.
Alan Dowswell, health early action team practitioner at the trust said: “I am really sorry to see Jan retire; she has been a great colleague.
“She has been really invaluable in the setting up of the HALS service and its success,” he said. “Clients and staff who know her will all really miss her.”
Complex case manager Andy Crundell added: “Jan’s passion, commitment and experience has made a high contribution to patient care. I will always remember her fondly.”