‘Bag lady’ retires after seven years’ work

THANK YOU: Catherine Cooper, of Encounter Bay, Glenice Britcher, of Normanville, Betsy Schild, of Victor Harbor, and Sue McKay, of Encounter Bay. Photo: Dani Brown.
THANK YOU: Catherine Cooper, of Encounter Bay, Glenice Britcher, of Normanville, Betsy Schild, of Victor Harbor, and Sue McKay, of Encounter Bay. Photo: Dani Brown.

After seven years Sue McKay is retiring from her role as the Stomal Therapy Nurse.

Sue’s nursing experience extends over nearly 50 years working in Adelaide at various Hospitals and at the Victor Medical Centre clinic.

On moving to Victor Harbor in 2010, Sue identified there was the need for this specialty care which was non-existent at the time.

Sue soon set up the specialty care at the Victor Medical Centre, treating many patients. The service is available by appointment each Thursday at the Victor Medical Centre.

With over 630 patients in the Southern Fleurieu region, this has been a critical care role for the community. 

Cancer affects everyone and many patients experience the need for short or long-term stomal intervention. Sue saw the need for this care and through her own initiative developed the service.

“It’s quite rewarding, even though it’s exhausting at times, you’re knowing you can make a difference in someone’s life,” she said.

One of Sue’s achievements has been the writing of a book It’s in the Bag, which is aimed at helping people suffering from the clinical issue. 

The book was aimed at the region’s aged population who are not always computer literate.

From the sale of these books a small portion of funds has been devoted to training of people interested in stomal therapy, especially in the region’s aged care facilities. 

Sue’s legacy will continue with Lyn Sanford taking over. Sue’s last day will be on December 6.