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Glasgow Nurse Retires After Half a Century

August 26, 2009 10:17 AM

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One of Scotland’s longest serving nurses – Reta Scott - is retiring after an incredible 52 years of caring for patients in Glasgow.

Reta, who has been a theatre nurse at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Victoria Infirmary for 43 years, began her training at the Western Infirmary in 1957 and has spent the majority of her career since then nursing in Glasgow.

Reta, who lives in the city’s Battlefield area, is one of the best known and popular faces at the Victoria.

Reta said: “I had a plan that if I got to 70, which I did in April this year, and I was fit and well it would be time to go. I’ve had a marvellous career and I’ve loved it all. I’ll dearly miss all my wonderful colleagues and of course the patients too. It will be strange not working but I feel now is the right time to retire. Offers for how to fill my time are flooding in and carpet bowls is chief among them! Most of all I’m really looking forward to spending more time with my family.”

To mark her remarkable contribution to healthcare NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Chairman, Andrew Robertson, took her out for a special celebratory lunch.

Mr Robertson said: “Nursing is a vocation and having met her, it is quite clear that Reta was always destined to be a nurse. She is a remarkable woman and her dedication and quality of care to Glasgow patients cannot be overestimated. I am very grateful for all her tremendous work over the half century she has spent looking after others. I know that Reta, with her infectious cheerfulness and good humour, will be very sadly missed.”

Colleagues, past and present also gathered to wish Reta well in her retirement and as well as quite a number of tears being shed there was much laughter as some of the highlights of her career were recounted.

Theatre Sister Shona Campbell, who has worked with Reta for almost 25 years, said: “Reta has been a fabulous colleague and friend. She is incredibly well respected and an inspiration to us all. Over many years she has contributed so much. Her common sense approach and kind manner have made a difference to so many people, patients and staff alike.

“We’ll all miss her terribly, particularly her fantastic sense of humour and her glamorous style – she has been the most glamorous theatre nurse the Victoria Infirmary has ever had!”

Jacquie Campbell, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde General Manager for Theatres, Anaesthetics and Critical Care, said: “I would like to thank Reta for her exceptional length of service and invaluable contribution to the recovery and wellbeing of the many hundreds, if not thousands, of patients Reta has cared for throughout her remarkable career.”

Reta has been working part time for almost 15 years and spends most of her free time with her Grandchildren.

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