SISTER Annette Furze is retiring after more than three decades at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
She began work there in 1975 as a pupil nurse. She worked in the orthopaedics department for 26 years before transferring to her final post as sister in the discharge lounge.
Mrs Furze, aged 61, of Waterloo, said: “When I began my nursing career it was my aim to get a navy blue dress, to become a sister.
“The great bunch of people I have been lucky enough to work with over the years inspired me to achieve this and I have enjoyed every single moment of my nursing career.”
Her colleagues in the discharge lounge planned a special buffet lunch for Mrs Furze on her last day and presented her with a range of gifts. These included £200, a digital photo frame and a specially designed leaving card that featured a photo of Mrs Furze as a student nurse.
The team said: “Annette is a wonderful boss. She is so supportive of all the staff and leads by example.
“Her enthusiasm, cheery smile and positive nature make it a pleasure to work with her. She really will be missed.”
Mrs Furze plans to spend her retirement travelling the world with husband Mel, who is also retired.
She said “We have trips to Thailand, America and Majorca planned and we will also spend more time with our two sons, who live in Scotland.”