Medical staff bade farewell to their forces colleagues at a ceremony to mark the closure of a Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit.
Wing Commander Mark Shephard was joined by deputy mayor of Peterborough Mohammed Nadeem for a ceremony at Peterborough City Hospital on Monday.
A plaque was unveiled to mark the departure of the final wave of 140 personnel from the hospital. They are being redeployed to other Ministry of Defence Hospital Units across the country.
Chairman of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust Rob Hughes said: “We will be very sad to say goodbye to our military colleagues as they have been a key part of our patient-facing service for the past 18 years.
“They are held in high esteem by both patients and staff alike. We wish them well in their future careers.”
The Ministry of Defence decided to close its Peterborough unit as the hospital did not offer the highest level of trauma training.
○ Car parking charges at Peterborough City Hospital have gone up this month. A stay of up to three hours will now cost £2.60, which is an increase of 10p. The maximum stay of six to 24 hours has risen by 40p to £10.40.
Associate director of facilities Steve Bernardi said: “The cost of managing traffic and maintaining the car parks on site increase each year due to interest rates and the trust must ultimately recover this cost through increased income.”
○ The hospitals trust has launched a recommend a friend nurse recruitment scheme.
Existing staff who recommend a new staff nurse who is then employed will get a £200 introduction fee and an extra £150 if the person stays with the trust for 12 months.