After 40 years of working for Royal Cornwall Hospital, staff from the Pathology department bid a fond farewell to Susan Carswell, senior biomedical scientist as she retires after 40 years at the trust.

Susan, who lives in Perranporth, started work at RCHT back in 1974 as a junior medical laboratory technician, becoming a senior biomedical scientist in the blood transfusion laboratory in 1989.

Malcolm Owen, lead biomedical scientist at RCHT, presented Susan with a bouquet of flowers and gifts from all her colleagues and expressed on their behalf how much she will be missed.

“After 40 years of working for the Trust, we are so sad to see Susan retire from the Haematology Laboratory,” said Malcolm. “However, all her friends here wish her a long and happy retirement”

Susan says she has mixed feelings about her retirement, as even though she is looking forward to spending time on her narrowboat with her husband, she will miss everyone she has worked with over the years.

“They are a great team to work with, I have been so lucky to work with such dedicated people and I will miss them all” said Susan.

“I have loved doing my job, it has been challenging at times but extremely rewarding. But I must admit, I am looking forward to relaxing!”

Not only is Susan looking forward to gardening and exploring the countryside, she and her husband will have more time to enjoy another of their hobbies, line dancing.