So Long, Farewell

Anne Duncan

So Long, Farewell - Anne Duncan

Staff nurse Anne Duncan retired from the Surgical Unit at Stracathro Hospital after more than 40 years service.

Anne’s friends and colleagues came together to wish her well in her retirement.

Anne was presented with vouchers from NHS Tayside and garden vouchers, flowers and a candle holder engraved with the Stracathro logo from colleagues.


Fiona Rattray

Friends and colleagues gathered to say farewell to Fiona Rattray who has retired from the Dundee Midwifery Unit (DMU) at Ninewells Hospital.

Over a cup of tea and cake, colleagues heard that Fiona, a staff midwife in the DMU, had clocked up an impressive 34 years of nursing care with the majority of her working life spent within NHS Tayside.

During her career Fiona has worked in the labour suite and in wards 36 and 37 at Ninewells. She was heavily involved in the creation of the DMU 11 years ago where she remained until her retirement.

In her retirement Fiona is hoping to use some of her free time to catch up with family and friends and she has a few holidays in the pipeline. Fiona is very much looking forward to the start of the next chapter of her life.

Linda Gierasik, senior charge midwife, said, “Fiona is a much valued member of the team and will be greatly missed.  She was very much involved with the birth of the Dundee Midwifery Unit, helping to lead the team and develop the service over the years.

“On behalf of everyone in the unit I would like to wish Fiona a long and happy retirement.”

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Karen Kendall

Improvement advisor Karen Kendall celebrated her retirement from NHS Tayside after 40 years of service.

Karen started her NHS career in 1979 as an auxiliary nurse before gaining her nursing qualification in 1983. She spent the next 20 years working in areas including oncology and surgery, becoming one of the first members of staff to work in the Surgical High Dependency Unit.

She became a senior charge nurse in 2003, then in 2007 she took the opportunity to be seconded to the Improvement Team.

Associate Director for Improvement Tracey Williams said, “Karen has been a driving force in supporting the improvement of services across a number of areas. This has included changing how emergency department staff deal with patients with an unspecified chest pain.

“In the last year she has been instrumental in setting up NHS Tayside’s Value Management programme, helping teams to engage and organise their own areas of improvement.

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Karen during her time with us in the Improvement Team. She will be missed and we all wish her an extremely happy and well earned retirement.”

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