VETERAN nurse Pat Clarke has retired after 42 years.
The Sheepridge woman has looked after generations of sick children at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI).
She trained for two-and-a-half years at St Luke’s Hospital in Crosland Moor before moving to Storthes Hall in Kirkburton for a year.
In 1972 she moved to HRI, spending the vast majority of her time on the children’s ward.
Pat, a mother-of-one, said: “It’s nice to see that you’ve made a difference when a child is happy and smiling again after having been ill.”
Pat, 59, spoke about her last shift at Ward 18.
She said: “I felt a mix of emotions. It was sad and exciting at the same time and it was good to see some former colleagues who came to say farewell.
“I’m looking forward to the future. I want to become more computer literate and I want to get more involved with the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Crosland Moor.”
Colleague Margaret Hamlett paid tribute to Pat.
She said: “Pat was absolutely fantastic with the children and the parents. It was a privilege to have her as part of the team.”