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Nurse says farewell to Team NHS

PUBLISHED: 17:37 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 25 August 2010

BOWING OUT: Nursing sister Eileen Watling.

BOWING OUT: Nursing sister Eileen Watling.

A NURSE retiring from the NHS after four decades of service has said she will miss the camaraderie and team spirit.

STARTING OUT: Nursing sister Eileen Watling receiving her SRN certificate and prize in 1968.

A NURSE retiring from the NHS after four decades of service has said she will miss the camaraderie and team spirit.

Nursing sister Eileen Watling, 61, of Main Road, Longfield, threw a goodbye party attended by Bexley health workers on Monday, December 29, marking the end of 44 years with the NHS.

The mother-of-two graduated from the former Brook Hospital Nursing School, in Shooters Hill, in 1968.

Most recently she spent 19 years heading the community nursing team based at The Medical Centre, in Lyndhurst Road, Barnehurst.

Mrs Watling said: "It's been a privilege. I have done it for so long because I enjoy it. I'm a people person.

"No two days have ever been the same and it is just great to be able to put something back into this world.

"I will miss the comradeship, as the job was always about the team you had behind you."

Mrs Watling represented Bexley Health Authority at the celebration in Westminster Abbey in July last year to mark the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

She intends to spend a month travelling in Dubai and India with her husband Paul before volunteering for palliative care work with a hospice.

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