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Local nurse recognised after dedicating over half a century of service to the NHS

A nurse who worked in the NHS for over 50 years has been recognised for her dedication and commitment.

 

Lelia Newsome, 73, from Chester, began her nurse training in 1961 but finally decided to hang up her uniform at the end of August, after dedicating a total of 54 years' service in the NHS in the North West.

 

From 1961, Lelia worked as a student nurse for four years before completing her training at Chester Royal Infirmary.

 

She then applied to do District Nursing training and qualified as a Queen's District Nurse in March 1967, before moving to Chester and Northwich, where she would be based for the next three years.

 

During this time, Lelia had to visit patients on a bike as she hadn't passed her driving test and lived in a house provided by the NHS which had a special 'District Nurse' sign outside the door – meaning she was on call 24 hours a day!

 

Fortunately, Lelia passed her driving test in 1968 and was even given a loan by the NHS to purchase a car.

After spending time with a local GP practice in Northwich where she gained invaluable experience, Lelia then completed two separate teaching courses before she took up a District Nurse Liaison post at Leighton Hospital in Crewe.

 

In 1980, Lelia made the move to Wirral and in her role as Nurse Manager worked in every area across the region, spending her last six months managing the Medical Unit at Arrowe Park Hospital.

 

Lelia retired from full-time employment in 1997 but such was her passion for nursing, and Wirral Community NHS Trust's desire to retain her services, she continued to work as a part-time Link Nurse for the Community Night Service.

 

Lelia completed her last day in August and was recognised by the trust Board with a special presentation this week.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:33

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