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Lancashire nurse celebrates over 50 years of NHS service

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A contraception and sexual health nurse from the Ribble Valley has reached the milestone of working for over 50 years in the health service.

Jenny Grimes started her nursing career in 1964 at Manchester Royal Infirmary, working in a variety of roles including surgical wards, coronary care and school nursing.

“Well done to Jenny on reaching such an outstanding milestone”

Sue Capstick

She has also worked at a clinic in Clitheroe every Wednesday evening since 1979 as a nurse within the contraception and sexual health service.

Ms Grimes is currently employed by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, which was created in April 2002 and provides a range of community and mental health services.

Speaking about her career, she said she had seen “many developments to our NHS over the years”.

“During my early career there were some important changes, including open heart surgery performed on my surgical ward,” she said. “There was also the introduction of the intensive care unit and coronary care unit.

“I undertook my family planning training in 1968 in Leeds. At that time the service wasn’t part of the NHS and was for married women only. Fortunately, times have changed and the service is now much more accessible, comprehensive and well established,” said Ms Grimes.

“I have had a wonderful career and I have made so many friends. I have seen many innovative and pioneering changes brought in to the NHS to better the healthcare of patients. I am extremely proud to be part of such a wonderful organisation,” she added.

Sue Capstick, the trust’s contraception and sexual health service manager, thanked Ms Grimes for “reaching such an outstanding milestone”.

“Jenny brings a wealth of experience to the team and we are privileged to have her within our service,” she said.

 

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Jenny Grimes early in her career

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