Nurse keeps patients in touch with Blues
SANDRA Hack is Ipswich Hospital's very own Super Blues reporter. The 46-year-old Tractor Girl, who works in intensive care, writes the score and scorers in the notes of patients who are sedated so that when they wake they are up-to-date on all things Ipswich Town.
SANDRA Hack is Ipswich Hospital's very own Super Blues reporter.
The 46-year-old Tractor Girl, who works in intensive care, writes the score and scorers in the notes of patients who are sedated so that when they wake they are up-to-date on all things Ipswich Town.
True Blue Sandra said: “I suppose I am a bit like the sports correspondent here. If patients are sedated we start a diary which helps them to fill in the gaps.
“It's full of non-medical things, like what the weather has been like - basic information which will help them when they wake up.
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“I will write in their diary if I know they like football or sport in general. If there's been a game on, or an FA Cup draw, I'll jot it in their diary. I'll even put the score and the scorers and what the game was like.”
Sandra has worked at the Heath Road hospital since 1979 and has been in the intensive care unit for the last 22 years.
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“In one patient's diary, I wrote that they had missed a cracking goal from our new signing, Velice Sumulikoski, against Blackpool,” she said.
“I told them they ought to wake up soon so they could see it.”
So devoted is she to Ipswich Town that the healthcare assistant has, for the last ten years, held down a second job - as a steward at Portman Road.
“I turned a hobby into a job,” said Sandra, who cites Jon Walters as her favourite Blues player. “It's a dream position for me and means I can give something back to the club.”
Sandra, who painted her house in blue and white in honour of her favourite team, even bakes cakes for her fellow stewards in the Greene King stand before every home game.
Her colleagues at Ipswich Hospital recently nominated Sandra in a competition to dine with Sir Bobby Robson's 1978 FA Cup heroes.
The 30 Years of Honour event, which will be held on May 5, will culminate in a gala dinner at the Town Hall.
Sandra, who is married to Clive, said: “My husband is not really interested in football at all, but he humours me. It's my passion so he lets me get on with it.”
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