So Long, Farewell

Manjeet Gill

Co-ordinator at The Corner Manjeet Gill has retired after 22 years service.

Manjeet started her career at The Corner in Dundee as a sessional worker to encourage young people from a minority ethnic background to access health services and became an assistant project leader. In 2011, Manjeet became the co-ordinator of The Corner.

Manjeet said, “Over the years I have been part of many changes at The Corner. One of its successes is to be able to adapt, evolve and be responsive to young people’s needs. The Corner always has a multi professional team which brings mixed skills to enable us to respond to the complexity of the needs of young people.

“I must admit, one of the highlights of my career was when The Earl and Countess of Strathearn visited The Corner in 2015.”

Presenting Manjeet with her gifts, clinical nurse specialist Deborah Syme said, “On behalf of everyone at The Corner, we wish Manjeet all the best in her retirement. Manjeet has been an incredible advocate for young people for over 20 years.  She’s an extremely supportive manager and she will be missed by everyone.”

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Patricia McLaren, Linda Hall, Sandra Slidders and Margaret Barnett

The orthopaedic outpatient and plaster room department at Ninewells said a fond farewell to four of its longstanding veterans, with a combined service of 160 years!

This fantastic four have amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of trauma and orthopaedics and with this old school training (taught by Florence herself!) they are a unique breed of highly skilled senior nurses.

The OOPD/Plaster room team will miss these lovely ladies greatly and wish them all a very happy, well deserved retirement.

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June Ward

Senior specialist nurse June Ward has retired after 38 years service with NHS Tayside.

June began her career working in orthopaedics then moved into coronary care. For the past 23 years, June specialised in anticoagulation and inherited bleeding disorders.

She worked closely with families affected by conditions such as haemophilia, Von Willebrand’s disease and blood factor deficiencies.

June was a winner at NHS Tayside STAR awards in May 2018 and received a silver award in the outstanding individual category.

Presenting June with her retiral gifts, consultant haematologist Ron Kerr said, “June has worked in our department since 1995 and in that time she set up and developed the haemophilia service from scratch.

“She has boundless enthusiasm and energy and has been a great source of compassion and care for our population of patients with severe, chronic bleeding disorders.

“She has helped parents, children and adults cope with these very difficult conditions. June has been instrumental in developing haemophilia services and protocols across Scotland and the UK and is extremely highly regarded by all of her peers. She frequently goes well beyond the call of duty for her patients.”

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Jennifer Hodge, Annette Watt and Maxine Dalziel

Jennifer Hodge began her career as a medical records secretary at Ninewells Hospital and during her 38 years, she also worked as a secretary at Dudhope Terrace and in medical records at Kings Cross.

She moved back to Ninewells as a medical records officer after completing the Institute of Health Services Management course. Jennifer joined the manual handling department and occupational health and safety team in 2001.

Annette Watt began her career 33 years ago. After she qualified as an enrolled nurse in 1985 she spent most of her career working in medicine for the elderly and rehabilitation in Ashludie Hosptial.

Following a short spell in RVH she joined the manual handling department where she provided training and support to staff and students. Annette retired in 2016 but has been working two days per week since and she has finally decided to hang up her tools and enjoy her retirement.

Maxine Dalziel qualified as a registered nurse in 1981 in Portsmouth, then trained to be a midwife. She began her career in Portsmouth before moving to Germany working as a nurse for the British Army.

Over the years she travelled and worked in many roles before settling in Tayside where she worked in theatres at PRI and, for the past 10 years, in the manual handling department. Maxine also retired in 2016 and returned working two days per week.

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Lesley Walker

Lesley began her training in 1978 and qualified as an enrolled nurse in 1980. She worked in orthopaedics at Dundee Royal Infirmary before moving to neurosurgery. She transferred to Ninewells in 1998 when neurosurgery was moved.

Lesley underwent a conversion course to become a staff nurse in 2004 and continued studying for a degree in 2007.

Lesley has many projects in the cupboards waiting for her to ‘finish when she retires’ and will continue to explore the world on her holidays.

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Anne McDougall

Anne McDougall has retired from her nursing role at Creiff Community Hospital after a career of 44 years.

Anne started as an auxiliary nurse at St Margaret’s Cottage Hospital in 1974 and then went on to do her registered nurse training in Aberdeen.

After working in Bridge of Earn and PRI, Anne started at Ward 2 at Crieff Community Hospital in 1994 were she has been for the last 24 years.

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