Tea for Sue (and Sue)

Sister Sue James with her successor Amanda O'Riordan and Ian DaviesRadio Clatterbridge listeners were able to listen to a tea party to mark the departure of two "valuable" members of staff from the health park.

Dr Sue Welsh and Sister Sue James retired after more than half a century of dedicated work between them in the Dermatology Unit at Clatterbridge Hospital.

Listeners to the Coffee Club were able to hear a recording of the occasion as the pair received their leaving presents.

Dr Sue Welsh thanks her colleagues and patients

Dr Welsh trained as a GP in Glasgow before arriving in Clatterbridge back in 1986.

Ian Davies, Chairman of the Dermatology Staff & Patients Working Together Group, said that she always put the patients first.

"It's been great. All the people that I've looked after and worked with. It's been a wonderful 31 years. Thank you very much everybody." - Dr Sue Welsh

Sister James was described as the "mother figure" of the dermatology family at Clatterbridge.

She arrived on the ward as a nurse in the old wartime huts in 1991 and established the Working Together Group.

Mr Davies said she has always shown an interest in enhancing nursing skills and has gained many extra qualifications from psychotherapy to completementary therapy and stress management.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to work with all the staff and help look after the patients... You'll always be in my heart." - Sue James

The pair were presented with glassware and a bunch of flowers each.

There was also a collection for the Clatterbridge Hospitals League of Friends, which has helped the ward out over the years.


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