The Emergency Department in NHS Forth Valley has said goodbye to one of its longest-serving members of staff, Fiona Thomson, who has taken early retirement.
Fiona started nursing in February 1978 at Inverclyde College of Nursing and Midwifery (before Inverclyde Royal Hospital was built!) but finished her training there in 1981 and worked on a general surgical ward for four years, in charge of the ward for the last 8 months.
Her next move was to St Mary’s, Paddington, first in orthopaedics and then Admissions, before transferring to A & E. From there she headed back to Scotland, working as a staff nurse at the Western in Edinburgh until the department closed. She then spent six years in A & E at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
In 1998, Fiona took up a post in the Emergency Department at Stirling Royal Infirmary, remembering her time there with affection, before moving to Forth Valley Royal in 2011.
According to Fiona she worked there ‘until her old bones could no longer cope’ and enjoyed a night out with colleagues to say farewell to the NHS.
Pictured – Fiona (left) pictured with Senior Charge Nurse, Emergency Department, Glynis Fotheringham.