So Long, Farewell

109 years combined service

Three members of staff from the Older Peoples Community Mental Health Team at Murray Royal Hospital retired after a combined service of 109 years service with NHS Tayside.

Staff nurse Susan Laing, charge nurse Debbie Murray and charge nurse Aileen Bissett all began their training at Perth College of Nursing and Midwifery in early 1980s.

Susan retired from South Perthshire OPCMHT after almost 36 years service, Debbie from Perth City OPCMHT after 36 years service and Aileen from Perth City OPCMHT after 37 years.

l-r Susan, Debbie and Aileen

Kevin Kettles

Nursing assistant Kevin Kettles has bid farewell to colleagues after 30 years with NHS Tayside.

Kevin spent the majority of his career working in the mental health service in Tayside and retired from his last post in Rohallion Clinic at Murray Royal Hospital.

Presenting Kevin with his retiral gifts, Head of Nursing Amanda McLaren said, “Kevin is a valuable member of the clinical team as he is always keen to learn and extend his skills. He will be missed by his colleagues and patients.

“On behalf of NHS Tayside I would like to wish Kevin a warm farewell and wish him well in his retirement.”

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Patricia Kettles, Val Graham, Amanda McLaren, Kevin Kettles and Sarra Kettles


Gill Allen

Senior charge midwife Gill Allen has retired from Ninewells labour suite after 40 years service.

Gill started her career at Ninewells in 1978 and began general nurse training in 1980. After graduating, she worked as a nurse in the female surgical ward before beginning her midwifery training in 1985.

Gill is renowned for her excellent teaching skills and was involved in developing the midwifery team and introducing midwife-led clinics whilst helping to develop and teach emergency training skills to medical staff and midwives.  She was also an active member of the Royal College of Midwifery and was their Chairperson for five years.

Senior midwife Chrissie Hastings said, “Gill is an excellent role model and support for all students and staff and she will be remembered for her ability to just get on with things in really hectic times. We will all miss Gill, I certainly will personally, and her retirement will be a loss to the whole department.

“On behalf of everyone, I would like to say thank you for all your hard work and wish you happiness and good luck in your retirement.”

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Lorna Murphy, Gill Allen, Chrissie Hasting and Donna Brough


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