We said an emotional goodbye to a committed nurse who has spent 46 years caring for patients in the region.
Marie Sutherland, 65, qualified as a nurse in 1975 after training in York and South Tees.
In the intervening years, the staff nurse has worked for South Tees NHS Foundation Trust, the Butterwick Hospice and for the last 15 years at the University of North Tees in outpatients.
Marie said: “I’ll miss the patients. It’s a very rewarding job. It’s a challenge for sure, but rewarding.
“We’ve got a good team here and everyone works together. Everyone has been really willing to work extra hard during the COVID-19 pandemic and find new ways to help our patients.”
Marie, who has been married to retired steel worker Peter for 45 years and has two daughters, trainee nurse Laura and HR officer Natalie, completed her final shift working with gynaecological patients and carrying out training.
While Marie isn’t quite sure how she will spend her retirement, other than relaxing, one member of her family will certainly be enjoying her being home more – her beloved spaniel Belle who enjoys nothing more than waking Marie up at 5.30am every morning for a walk.
Outpatients & Pathways Manager Michael Butler wished Marie the best in her retirement. He said: “46 years! What an amazing commitment. The NHS is built on people like Marie, who has dedicated the last 46 years to helping others
“Marie is a much loved and highly respected member of this team, evidenced by ex- colleagues taking the time and effort to attend her retirement lunch to wish her well.
“Everyone in outpatients wishes Marie a wonderful retirement. She’s certainly earned it.”