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Diane’s fond farewell

Happy retirement!: Diane Parry is pictured here with some of the cards and gifts she received upon her retirement as a community district nurse.

Happy retirement!: Diane Parry is pictured here with some of the cards and gifts she received upon her retirement as a community district nurse.

A well-known face in nursing has bid farewell to everyone she has met over nearly 40 years of nursing in Arbroath.

Diane Parry (58) has spent the majority of her career as a district nurse looking after people in their own homes in the town and the surrounding area.

She retired officially on Monday, April 28, and a leaving do was held for her in the Townhouse Hotel on Friday, May 2.

Diane began her training in 1975 at Stracathro and Arbroath Infirmary and has been a familiar and friendly face to many for a number of years.

She said: “I’ve had contact with families from the beginning of their journey and sometimes right through to the end.

“It’s been quite a privilege to knock on someone’s door and go into their life. It’s been a great job.

“I want to say thank you to everyone. It’s been a pleasure working with the community and all the people I have met along the way.

“I’m sorry to be leaving but I am also looking forward to the next chapter in the book of my life.”

According to Diane the highlight of her career was becoming qualified. She said: “Doing my district nursing diploma when I was 40 as I hadn’t studied for a long time you could say that was a highlight. So there’s hope for any young people if they haven’t studied well at school, they can still do it.”

With a second grandchild on the way and an active member of both the WRI and the Arbroath Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild Diane expects her retirement to be a busy one!

 

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