AN ARBROATH midwife, Sheenagh Howard, retired from the maternity unit at Arbroath Infirmary on Tuesday after more than 30 years NHS service.
Sheenagh, who lives in Arbroath, started her nurse training in Perth in 1980 and qualified in 1983. Her first position was as a staff nurse working at Arbroath Infirmary in the female medical ward.
In 1984 she moved to Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen, and was there for one year when she returned to Angus working as acting Sister at Ashludie Hospital until 1986. It was at this time she decided to undertake her midwifery training and she qualified in 1988.
Sheenagh then took up the post of midwife based at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, and remained there until 1992. During this time she met and married her husband, Dave, who was in the Royal Marines based at RM Condor. They married on April 20, 1991, and this made the local papers as Dave had been deployed to fight in the Gulf war and had to leave the day after the wedding.
Sheenagh joined the midwifery team at Arbroath maternity unit in 1992 as a midwife where she remained until her retiral. Over the years she has helped deliver many babies and looked after and supported local mums-to-be.
In her retirement she plans to spend more time with Dave and their two children, Mark and Leigh.
Friends and colleagues past and present joined Sheenagh at a special tea party in the unit where team leader Chris Field handed over a beautiful bouquet of flowers and vouchers for Dobbies Garden Centre. She also received a long-service and retirement award from NHS Tayside.
A farewell speech was given by long-term colleague and friend Kate Weir.
Chris said: “Sheenagh is one-in-a-million with a larger-than-life personality and will be sadly missed by not only by her friends and colleagues but by the women and their families who have come to know and respect here as the great midwife that she is.
“I know it’s been a hard decision for Sheenagh to make to give up midwifery but she feels she would like to dedicate more of her time to her family.”