Nurse Maggie bids farewell after 47 years at Stamford Hospital

Retirement party for  staff nurse Margaret Toon at Stamford hospital. EMN-150210-175713009
Retirement party for staff nurse Margaret Toon at Stamford hospital. EMN-150210-175713009

A staff nurse at Stamford Hospital has retired after clocking up an amazing 47 years’ service.

Maggie Toon, 62, from Easton- on-the-Hill, was born in Stamford Hospital and applied for her nurse cadet training there in 1966 at the age of 14.

Attending an interview with her mother, she was accepted into the Nursing Cadet course starting two years later when she was 16-years-old.

“It is the people I work with and the people I meet that have kept me coming in,” said Maggie.

“I knew what I was letting myself in for, working weekends and unsocial hours as all nurses do. I can’t count the number of times my husband would wait outside the ward when I was late off my shift.

“We’ve been married 43 years this year, and I will enjoy spending more time with my family and grandsons.”

Loved by her colleagues past and present, Maggie’s retirement was marked on Friday last week when staff held a party.

She was presented with a scrapbook, including her 49-year-old application letter, which was kept on her personal file all these years, and references from her school master from back in 1966.

Chief nurse Jo Bennis personally thanked Maggie for her 47 years’ service.

Jo said: “Maggie embodies what we value in our nurses, her dedication to her role is remarkable and she should be very proud of her achievement.”

Sue Brooks, site manager and matron at Stamford Hospital, said: “It has been lovely to work with Maggie, she is an asset to the hospital.

“We all wish her a happy and restful retirement.”

Maggie said: “I have seen huge progress in medicine and surgery; operations that used to have a two week stay in hospital are now done as a day case.

“Stamford Hospital is a much better place in lots of ways than 47 years ago. But then in came computers – I won’t miss them!”