MBE presented to Guernsey care worker

Sue Fleming was the first person in Guernsey to get a Covid-19 vaccination. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A Guernsey nurse who played an important role in the island's response to the coronavirus pandemic has been presented with an MBE at Government House.

Sue Fleming was named in this year's New Year's Honours List for services to residential care in Guernsey.

The medal was handed over to her by Guernsey's Lieutenant-Governor on behalf of the Royal Family.

Sue has dedicated 40 years of her life to nursing, working predominately with older adults and people with mental health difficulties.

At the start of the pandemic, she was picked to lead a healthcare team that supported care homes and their residents across the island.

About Sue Fleming MBE:

  • Matron of St John's Residential Home since 2012

  • Trusted to lead an initiative ensuring that all hospital patients were tested for Covid-19 on discharge/prior to admission to residential homes

  • Launched her own campaign to recruit former care staff

  • Sourced PPE despite local shortages, distributing stocks throughout the Island's residential homes

  • Distributed iPads to residential homes to keep residents in touch with their families

  • She was the first person in Guernsey to receive the Covid-19 vaccine

An MBE is the third highest ranking Order of the British Empire award, behind CBE and then OBE.

The honour is given for an outstanding achievement or service to the community.