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Britain's longest serving Macmillan nurse has called time on his career

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Liverpool’s longest serving Macmillan nurse – who is also believed to also be Britain’s longest serving Macmillan nurse – has retired after 19 years of helping families deal with cancer.

Brian Halliwell was one of eight specialist Macmillan nurses employed by Liverpool Provider Services, the NHS organisation delivering local community health services, to work alongside district nurses across the city and surrounding areas.

Mr Halliwell, the city’s only male Macmillan nurse, retired on 19 December, his 56th birthday. ‘The job has changed over the years. When I started, 100% of my time was spent looking after the patient, whereas nowadays perhaps 50% of my time is educational, talking to other nurses,’ he said.

Mr Halliwell qualified as a nurse in 1971 after training at Wigan Infirmary. After working as a psychiatric nurse at the former Winwick Hospital, near Warrington, and in ICU at Wigan Infirmary, Brian worked at a Wigan hospice. He joined Macmillan in 1989, becoming the city’s only male Macmillan nurse.

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