Caring nurse says goodbye to NHS

Carole Donald retires from her job as district nurse sister at Rushden's Parklands Surgery after spending 46 years in the NHS. Pictured with Dr. Vicki Barber and colleagues at the surgery on her last day.
Carole Donald retires from her job as district nurse sister at Rushden's Parklands Surgery after spending 46 years in the NHS. Pictured with Dr. Vicki Barber and colleagues at the surgery on her last day.

A nurse who has dedicated her life to the community has retired after working for the NHS for 46 years.

Carole Donald, 63, of Rushden, worked on Kettering General Hospital’s children’s ward, then as a school nurse covering South End infants and junior schools, Alfred Street junior and Tennyson Road infants school in Rushden and Ferrers Specialist Arts College in Higham Ferrers between 1981 and 1991, and latterly as a community nurse in Rushden.

For the past six years she has worked alongside the doctors at Rushden’s Parklands Surgery where staff held a party to celebrate her retirement on Tuesday.

Mrs Donald said: “I had always wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a child. I never thought of doing anything else. I wanted to be there for people and help them through difficult times in their lives. I’ve always enjoyed meeting patients and their families and working with a variety of doctors and nurses.”

The Parklands Surgery practice manager Jackie Walker said: “Carole is a fantastic person and a superb nurse. She will be greatly missed by all the patients and staff at Parklands.”

Staff held a lunchtime party for Mrs Donald and presented her with many gifts, including jewellery and an old ear syringe which was mounted on a plaque to recognise her years of service.

Mrs Donald said: “I’m looking forward to having more time to do things at home because I’ve always been so busy before and to going travelling. I’m also looking forward to spending more time with my lovely family – I couldn’t have worked as long as I have without their support.”