Toon nurse retires after 46 years

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Staff at Peterhead’s Medical Centre have wished a fond farewell to one of their colleagues as she retires after 46 years service.

Both midwife and district nurse, Catherine Sutherland has left the nursing profession after almost half a century helping the sick people of the Blue Toon.

Catherine said: “I can’t really comprehend where the last 46 gone and how much things have changed in the NHS.

“I wish all my colleagues every best wish for the future.”

With two grand-children, Catherine hopes to spend more time with them in her retirement.

She also will have more time to devote to playing at her Methodist church where she is the organist.

A large crowd of Catherine’s colleagues attended a farewell party for her in the medical centre on Tuesday 17.

Susan Tew, one of those colleagues, said: “Catherine will be a really missed colleague after 46 years in the NHS as a district nurse and midwife in the Peterhead area and beyond.

“We wish Catherine a long, happy and healthy retirement.”

Catherine said: “I’ll just hopefully enjoy a happy healthy retirement and enjoy coffee mornings and doing lunch with the ladies from the church.”