A midwife who has been caring for people In Hartlepool for nearly five decades has retired from her role.
Sheenagh Robson, who left her role as a community midwife at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust last week, has worked in healthcare in the town for 49 years.
She started as a cadet nurse in 1974 before qualifying as a registered nurse four years later.
This was when she took up her first role as a staff nurse in a range of roles in orthopaedics, ENT, plastics and trauma in the former St Hilda’s Hospital before it closed in 1984.
When this moved to Hartlepool General Hospital – now known as the University Hospital of Hartlepool – she worked in accident and emergency before starting midwifery training in 1993.
Sheenagh, who is now 65, said: “Being a midwife was something I had always wanted to do but did not have the opportunity before then as previously Hartlepool wasn’t one of the places where training took place.
“When that changed, I was determined to do it and I loved it since then.”
Sheenagh, who is married to husband Derrick and has a son, Nicki, and 12-year-old grandson, Jacob, has stayed with the organisation ever since – working as a community midwife helping many hundreds of women across the Hartlepool area.
She said: “I have loved helping women and supporting them through their pregnancies. It has been a really rewarding career and one I wouldn’t change at all.
“One of the biggest things for me has been the people I have worked with in Hartlepool, I seem to know almost everyone because I have been here my whole working life.
“Through my job I have met my husband and gone on to have a family and amazing grandson.”