Heartfelt tributes to popular nursing sister

Sharon Worgan
Sharon Worgan

TRIBUTES have been paid to a longstanding and popular nursing sister who died suddenly last week.

Sharon Worgan died during her sleep at the home she shares with her husband Nigel in Pevensey Bay.

The 58-year-old mother of two was due to return to work on the Pevensey ward at the DGH in the next few weeks after recovering from cancer.

Her husband Nigel told the Herald this week his wife was devoted to her job on the cancer unit and her family, daughter Tracy and son Lee, a professional football player.

The couple had been living in Eastbourne for more than 40 years and were due to celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary next year.

Nigel said, “Sharon was a rock and I absolutely adored her. She lived for her family and her work. We were planning to take a family holiday in July in Portugal before she started a phased return to work.

“She died in the early hours of the morning. She felt no pain, she just died in her sleep.”

Sharon, who joined the Haematology Unit at the DGH as a nursing auxiliary in 1986, had worked her way up through the ranks at the hospital.

In 1993 she undertook her nurse training, gained a diploma in adult nursing and after working as a staff nurse rapidly rose to the position of sister.

From there she went to the Day Unit as a Day Unit Sister managing both haematology and oncology patients before finally becoming the Haematology Nurse Specialist. During this period Sharon also studied academic courses in both palliative care and haematology.

Jean Balulcomb, manager of the Pevensey Unit, said, “Sharon was warmly regarded and is going to be greatly missed by all her patients, staff and colleagues.”

In addition to Sharon’s professional activities, she was also dedicated to external events of the ward, such as rounders matches and coffee mornings and also enthusiastically took part in fundraising events for the Pevensey Ward Fund including sponsored walks, kayaking, auctions and tombolas.

Former patients have also been left saddened by Sharon’s death.

Among them was Taryn Gordon, who said, “I had been Sharon’s patient since 1996 and knew and loved her dearly within her professional context.

“When I was really ill and very frightened she always made me feel like I was being looked after as if I was the only patient.

“I did not ever have any family to look out for me here in Eastbourne and Sharon’s presence was like that of having a competent and caring family figure – there was someone there to fight your corner if you needed it, to notice if you became more unwell.”

Sharon’s funeral will be held at the chapel in Langney Cemetery at 11am on Thursday May 26.