Helen hangs up after 41 years

14-03-17 Helen hangs up after 41 years

TUESDAY, 14 MARCH, 2017

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LEFT – RIGHT TEAM LEADER RICHARD MCCAFFERTY, SENIOR STAFF NURSE ELEANOR LYNCH, ADMIN STAFF GILL PARK, GRACE PATERSON, HELEN THOMPSON, JENNIFER SHERIDAN, JOAN MACKAY, KATE KELLY, CLINICAL DIRECTOR DR JANE BRUCE BACK ROW - TEAM LEADER DON MAXWELL

Helen hangs up after 41 years

After 41 years of dedicated service at the coal face of the NHS, Helen Thompson manned the phones in the Dundee Out of Hours Service Hub for the last time on Sunday.

Helen started working at the Eastern Regional Hospital Board in 1965 before moving to the newly-opened A&E department at Ninewells in 1975.

Helen became part of the team at the Green Wing in Wallacetown in 1990 then progressed in 1998 to Park Avenue Medical Centre by day and the newly-formed DDOC (Dundee Doctors Out of Hours Co-operative) by night. 

NHS Tayside was fortunate to have Helen and her years of experience and knowledge join Tayside’s Out of Hours Service in 2004 when the new GP contract was introduced.

Helen said, “Just like so many of my shifts over the years, my last day was a hectic one! I love the buzz of teamwork and the constant variety and challenge Out of Hours working brings to all members of the team. I am going to miss it!”

Jane Bruce, Clinical Director for NHS Tayside’s Out of Hours Service, said, “We will miss not only Helen’s efficiency and hard work ethic, but the kindness and consideration she always demonstrated to all colleagues.

“We hope Helen enjoys her well-earned retirement with Ralph and her lovely grandchildren.”

Contact:

Lyndsey Daun

NHS Tayside Communications

(01382) 424138