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Nurses reunite 50 years after first training together at Romford hospital

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A team of nurses who all began their training together in 1969 at a hospital in London reunited last week, including two nurses who still work at the same trust.

Thirteen friends who worked together at the former Oldchurch Hospital in Romford enjoyed a celebratory lunch at the Marygreen Manor Hotel in Brentwood, where they reminisced over old pictures from their early careers.

“It’s been amazing catching up – I haven’t seen some of them in years and didn’t even recognise them!”

Margo McFarlane

Two of those who attended, Margo McFarlane and Diane Webber, are still nurses at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, 50 years on.

The reunion which took place of Friday was the first for decades, and was organised by Ms Webber, alongside Jenny Andrews, who also worked at the trust for six years.

Speaking of her five-decade-long career, Ms Webber said: “I love caring for people. I also love the staff, that’s why I’ve stayed at the same Trust for so long. It’s our job to support each other.”

diane webber

Diane Webber

Diane Webber

Ms Webber said she always wanted to become a nurse and is hugely proud that her young son, Simon, has followed her footsteps and after training at the same trust, is now a matron at Southend Hospital.

She added: “A lot has changed over the years, especially the equipment, but continuing to learn new things is good for the brain.”

Ms McFarlane, who celebrated her 70th birthday the day before the reunion, said: “I always wanted to be a nurse too, I liked the uniform!”

“It’s been a great job,” she said. “It’s very different now, it’s busier and the patients are more acutely ill, however the essence of nursing, caring for people and putting our patients first, hasn’t changed.” 

Speaking of the reunion, she added: “It’s been amazing catching up – I haven’t seen some of them in years and didn’t even recognise them!”

reunion

reunion

Source: Barking, Havering and Redbridge University NHS Trust

Margo McFarlane and Diane Webber

Margo McFarlane and Diane Webber

Source: Barking, Havering and Redbridge University NHS Trust

Margo McFarlane and Diane Webber

 

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