LONG-SERVING Arbroath midwife Lay Imm McDonald retired on Monday after 40 years’ NHS service.
She started her nursing training in Kirklees Area Health Authority, Huddersfield, in 1971 and on qualifying in 1974 she immediately took up the post of staff nurse. She continued her nursing studies at Ninewells Hospital where she undertook and completed her midwifery training in 1976.
Lay Imm, who lives in Arbroath, continued to work as a midwife at Ninewells until 1979 when she joined the maternity team at the Queen Mother Wing in Arbroath Infirmary taking up the post of Sister. Her only absence was when she took a few months off to have her son, Scott.
Over her 32 years working at the unit Lay Imm has looked after lots of local mums before and after they had their babies and has also provided advice and support to families.
Apart from a brief six-month spell working in Surrey, Lay Imm has spent her entire nursing career in Tayside.
Team leader and midwife Chris Field handed over a 40-year award as well as a cheque on behalf of her colleagues and friends.
With her new-found free time, Lay Imm plans to relax and enjoy holidays with her husband, John, in their camper van as well as looking forward to a trip to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia where she plans to meet up with family and friends.