Meet hospital's new chief nurse - who takes over amidst Covid pandemic

Sue Wilkinson, executive chief nurse at West Suffolk Hospital

Sue Wilkinson has been appointed executive chief nurse at West Suffolk Hospital - Credit: West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

This is Sue Wilkinson - the new executive chief nurse at West Suffolk Hospital, who takes on the job at what must be one of the most challenging times in its history.

Ms Wilkinson joined the Bury St Edmunds hospital in June, after taking on the role in an interim capacity on secondment from the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

"I joined the trust back in June at a very strange time due to the pandemic but have had the opportunity to work alongside the incredibly talented staff at the hospital and in the community," she said.

She has taken on the role permanently, just as the hospital faces a tough winter with the highest number of Covid patients in Suffolk hospitals - on top of all the usual winter pressures.

Latest figures show West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds has seen Covid-19 patients in its beds rise from 17 to 44 in a single week.

However, despite the challenges, Ms Wilkinson says: “I am passionate about high quality care and patient safety, developing people to achieve their full potential, and about working as one team for our patients.

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"My priority has always been to support our nurses, midwives, AHPs, clinical support workers and others as they care for patients.

Steve Dunn, chief executive of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Sue brings many years of senior nursing experience with her, with a clear focus on quality, professional care for patients, and the welfare of staff.

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“We are thrilled that Sue will be staying with us as executive chief nurse. Since June, Sue has been an integral part of our trust and has brought with her fresh ideas and knowledge.

"I have no doubt that Sue will continue to lead our nursing directorate with the care, compassion and success.”

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