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Former nurse still helping patients at 85

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A lifetime achievement award has been presented to a former nurse for her 65 years of service to Southampton University Hospitals.

Nellie Noyce has worked at the organisation – currently known as Southampton University Hospitals Trust – since 1943, except for a two year gap at Salisbury District Hospital during her 20s.

She has served as a midwife, paediatric nurse and ward sister. At 85 she still volunteers one day a week on the children’s ward where she worked until she retired.

Along with 65 other volunteers at Southampton General Hospital, she received a lifetime achievement award from the mayor of Southampton, John Trewby, on Monday.

She said: “I have seen the trust evolve from being what I would call a cottage hospital to what it is today and I take great pride and satisfaction in being part of that journey.”

She added: “My deep friendships with all the staff make my time here so special.”

Voluntary services manager Kim Sutton said: “We are very appreciative of her and we all want to say a big thank you for the commitment she has shown.”

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  • Nurses' hearts are made of gold. It is this love for human life and well-being that motivates into giving his/her best in the care of a patient.

    It's rare to see people like Nellie Noyce, who would still have passion for their job at well over 80 years of age.

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  • What an inspiration, what an amazing person, I bet you are loved as much as you love.

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