Nurses look after us from the cradle to the grave. They are there in the first hours of our life and may be with us when we draw our final breath.
They see us at our worst, in pain or frightened if we’re facing a major operation or battling disease, and spur us on as we take our first steps along the road to recovery.
We’re celebrating International Nurses Day this week by taking a look back at the staff who have looked after Derbyshire patients over the years.
5. Nursing chums
Katie Foulke and Kim Taylor on Butterley Ward at Ripley Hospital in 2014.
Staff nurse Lorna Bateman at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in 2016.
Photo: Rachel Atkins
7. Bath time
Joanne Heaton and Lyn Guerriero check out improved facilities at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in 2010.
8. Hospital tonic
Ripley Hospital receives a cheque in 2008 to continue the good work. Staff nurse Jemma Musson, Chris Thompson, Dr Joe Veale, Staff Nurse Karen Knowles, Gladys Beeby, Senior Sister Ann Lebelinski and Pearl Faulkner are pictured.
Photo: LINDSAY COLBOURNE