Lynfield resident and local practice nurse, Mrs Sue Matthews, took the top prize at the recent Auckland District Health Board Nursing and Midwifery Awards Evening for the category Primary Health Care. The award is given to an exemplary nurse working in primary care who works to improve care across the whole patient journey and takes the lead to improve equity and outcomes.
Sue trained as a nurse upon leaving school and has worked as a theatre nurse, a district nurse, an aged care nurse, an accident and emergency nurse and in in the last 18 years has worked as a practice nurse at the Gabriel Medical Practice in Richardson Rd, Mt.Roskill. During this time, she gained her Post Grad Diploma in Nursing, enabling her to gain her diabetes accreditation and in 2016, becoming the first nurse in the Auckland PHO to gain authorisation to prescribe in diabetes health.
Sue loves nursing and is regularly praised by her colleagues and patients for her considerable nursing knowledge, her total care and empathetic involvement in their lives and follow-up.