Nailsea nurse is modern Florence Nightingale

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By Carol_Deacon | Sunday, February 24, 2013, 12:16

A Nailsea nurse dubbed 'a modern Florence Nightingale' is the guest speaker at a Rotary Club meeting at Cadbury House Hotel on Monday night.

Former district nurse Sue Haggo has served in two war zones at part of her role as a flight nursing officer with the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

Working in hot and dusky conditions many of the troops would have died from their horrendous injuries had it not been for Mrs Haggo and her team. 

Acclaimed, internationally photographer Susan Schulman captured a famous image of Mrs Haggo aboard an RAF Hercules.

She was tending a seriously wounded casualty strapped to the floor of the aircraft on route from Camp Bastion to Kabul on the first leg of his evacuation home.

Mrs Haggo was awarded an MBE in 2000 and honoured by Nailsea Town Council for outstanding service in 2011.

Mrs Haggo, of Ploughed Paddock, now retired had been nursing at home and overseas for more than 30 years.

She began working in Nailsea as a part-time district nurse before becoming a full-time treatment room nurse when the Brockway Medical Centre opened in 1985.

She then developed expertise in other medical areas most notably as a diabetic nurse.  

For 15 years she led the diabetic team.

Nailsea Town Council chairman Rod Lees said when he presented her with the community award: "Sue Haggo has made an enormous contribution to health care in Nailsea and has managed this with great professionalism, compassion and good humour.  

"At the same time she had pursued her career in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, and has had two lengthy spells overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

"Her contribution to the community has been immense and this was recognised when she was awarded an MBE."

Mrs Haggo is booked to speak to The Rotary Club of Yatton and District at 8pm.

For further details contact Tony Watkins on  01275 875944 or 0753 073 6472.

A £2.50 donation is requested from non-Rotary members attending and a hot meal if previously booked at 7.30pm costs £10.

      

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