Healthcare worker reflects on ‘the incredible journey of nursing’ and thousands of patients after 5 decades

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Dedicated Teesside healthcare worker retires after five impressive decades on the job.

Lynn Armstrong, Patient Safety Coordinator and former nurse, has worked in the health field in the Northeast since the age of 17.

The 65-year-old began her nursing career in Sunderland in 1973 and now bids farewell to her beloved colleagues after 20 years at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust.

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During her years as a ward sister in Sunderland, Lynn even worked alongside Julie Gillon, now managing director of North Tees and the Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2001 she moved to the new Hartlepool University Hospital before joining the Patient Safety team in 2011, working tirelessly to ensure that patients have a positive experience in Trust hospitals.

Now, retiring just days after her 65th birthday, Lynn remembers the thousands of patients she has helped throughout her healthcare journey.

Lynn said, “The game of time is wonderful. It doesn’t seem like five minutes have passed since I was young and started my nursing career. Now I say goodbye to you with lots of beautiful memories.

“I want to thank my friends and colleagues across the Trust for making my retirement so special and being part of my incredible journey in nursing. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with all of you.

Lynn is looking forward to taking trips on her boat and spending more time with her family now that she is retired.

She continued: “After 20 years with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, I have been totally overwhelmed with the best wishes, cards and gifts I have received on my retirement.

“Thank you very much to this organization for – it’s been a great trip. “

Despite Lynn’s departure, her son Iain, a nursing student in the Trust’s emergency assessment unit, succeeded him at the Trust.

He joined his retirement celebrations alongside Lynn’s colleagues in patient safety and Trust CEO Julie Gillon.

Julie said: “It has been a pleasure working alongside Lynn all these years – she has made an incredible contribution to patients not only at our Trust, but across the North East.

“On behalf of everyone at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, I would like to wish Lynn a happy and healthy retirement.”

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