STAFF at Stamford Hospital gathered at a lunch on Tuesday to bid a fond farewell to a nurse who had worked at the hospital for more than 30 years.
Carol Macbeath started training with the hospital in 1964 and apart from a seven year break to raise a family, she had worked there consecutively until Tuesday and had worked her way up to the role of ward sister on the John Van Geest ward.
At a retirement lunch on Tuesday, staff paid tribute to Carol, saying she was dedicated, hard working and caring.
Matron and hospital manager Sue Brooks said: “I don’t think Carol will be idle in retirement because caring is in her bones.
“Over the years she must have nursed thousands of people from Stamford so it really is the end of an era.”
Lead nurse for medicine for older people Donna Mizell presented Carol with a cheque from Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust.
She said: “It has been an absolute pleasure and a complete privilege to work with Carol. She always put herself last, she never went home on time and always put herself forward to cover people’s shifts.
“She is kind, caring, competent, likeable, capable, organised, respected, a good leader and an excellent example to others. That is the legacy she is leaving behind and we all wish her a long and happy retirement.”
Carol, of Churchill Road, Stamford, said it was a very emotional day to leave the hospital, which she said had been a huge part of her life.
She said: “Things have changed dramatically over the years but I couldn’t have wished for a better team of nurses to work with on John Van Geest.
“I really fell in love with Stamford Hospital and it just means so much to me. It has almost been like a second home to me. I am very sad to be going.”
Carol, 64, is planning on spending more time with her husband Charlie and her two children and seven grandchildren during her retirement and has also planned a well-earned holiday in the new year.
The staff Christmas meal at Toft House Hotel on Monday was also dedicated to Carol, where she received gifts including plants, a necklace, handbag and purse and a poem.