160 Years of Care

The emergency department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital has said goodbye to four emergency nurse practitioners, who between them notched up 160 years with the health service.

Jackie Banks, Sheena Hastie, Anne McCulloch and May Forsyth (pictured left-to-right) all retired at the end of 2013

Before finally working together, the women had very different beginnings. Jackie started at Stirling Royal Infirmary A&E department in 1975, while Sheena began her career in 1969 as a registered nurse, went on to train as a midwife, and in 1992 joined the team as a staff nurse at Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary.

Anne started in the Orthopaedic Department at Stirling Royal Infirmary in 1969 and in 1994 joined the A&E team in Stirling Royal Infirmary. May too began working for the health service in 1969, firstly in Ward 8 at Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary. She then moved to coronary care, followed by the children’s ward and finally to A and E.

Along with friends and colleagues the four women celebrated their retirement at the Park Hotel in Falkirk, and spent an enjoyable evening reminiscing about the past and looking forward to the future. Senior Charge Nurse Glynis Fotheringham (pictured far right) said they would all be missed.