A neonatal staff nurse who has been with our Trust for 44 years is saying her goodbyes as she retires.
Margaret Carter, 66, began working at North Tees General Hospital – as it was known at the time – in 1977 as a 22-year-old student nurse.
In 1980 she trained to be a midwife and has been working in the Trust’s neonatal departments ever since. In her recent role as staff nurse on the special care baby unit, she cares for poorly or premature babies.
During her time at North Tees, Margaret has seen many changes, from new technology and buildings to big organisational progress within the Trust.
She said: “I’ve been able to work with a fantastic team all these years and merging with Hartlepool hospital has only enhanced us.
“When I walk through the hospital now I can see all the changes that have happened since I started. That being said, the Trust has always looked after me and I’ve always felt well supported by my team.”
Through all the changes and technological advancements Margaret has seen, one aspect of the job remained – her love for her tiny patients in the neonatal wards.
From her own estimate, Margaret has cared for hundreds, if not thousands, of babies in her 44 years.
Margaret continued: “I will definitely miss being around the babies. But they’re in the best hands they possibly could be with this fabulous team.”
“She will be missed”
Now that she is retired, she is looking forward to spending more time on her hobbies and interests. First and foremost, she is looking forward to a lie in and no more alarm clocks.
Jan Atkinson, ward matron on the unit, commented: “It’s sad to see Margaret go after so many years of service. We have really appreciated her dedication to the team and to the families who come through the ward.
“She will be missed.”
Margaret’s colleagues said farewell to her during her last shift on the unit. They spoiled her with cards and presents, and even decorated the ward with banners and posters. She has been treated to perfume, jewellery and a new handbag; a testament to her commitment to her team.
Lindsey Robertson, chief nurse, said: “Margaret has made a huge contribution to the care of babies and to neonatal services across the organisation. We wish her all the best in her retirement.”