A nurse whose career spanned more than four decades has retired.

Colleagues organised a party for Susan Martin, community respiratory nurse specialist at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

The Needingworth resident completed her general training in 1973 and worked in orthapaedics and midwifery before taking up respiratory medicine.

She set up the team at the Huntingdon hospital which works in the community, stretching into Fenland.

She said: “I hope to continue working with the local respiratory support groups who do a wonderful job supporting patients and their families who suffer from this dreadful disease.”

Susan said she plans to spend more time with her family and thanked colleagues for their support over the years.