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.