A ‘FIRM but fair’ Barnsley Hospital nurse has retired from her duties after more than 40 years in the job.

Denise Gibson, of Lower Cudworth, left her job as a dental nurse to pursue a career at the hospital back in 1977 – and she hasn’t looked back since.

The veteran’s 42-year stint started as a state-enrolled nurse in May 1977 before she later completed a conversion course to become a registered sick children’s nurse.

Award-winning Denise spent a number of years on the children’s ward before leaving in 1995 to become a paediatric diabetes nurse specialist.

In 2010 she became lead nurse for the ambulatory care team which included managing the children’s outpatients department and children’s community nurses.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Hospital said: “Denise has become well-known for her cheery disposition, red lipstick and firm but fair attitude.

“Over the last 42 years she has been a dedicated member of staff, excellent role model and esteemed colleague and will be sadly missed by the many staff she has worked with and all of the families she has cared for over the years.

“She is looking forward to spending some quality time with her husband Kenny, her mum Mary and extended family including Riley, Preston and Cauley, as well as taking some well-deserved holidays to Devon.

“We would like to wish her all the very best in her retirement and thanks her for all the dedicated work she has done for the trust over the last 42 years.”