65 Years of Special Care

‘Tea for Two’ was the order of the day at Forth Valley Royal Hospital when.
Neonatal Nurses Rae Heeps and Babs Graham (pictured L –R) retired recently following a combined 65 years service with the NHS.

Babs began her general nursing in the Victoria Infirmary in Belfast, before moving to Forth Valley in 1982. She qualified as a midwife in 1983 and also joined the Special Care Baby Unit, before completing the Neonatal Intensive Care Course in 1984.

Rae originally worked as a nursery nurse before becoming an enrolled nurse in 1980. She then continued in general nursing, qualifying in 1984, and went on to qualify as a midwife two years later. She joined the Special Care Baby Unit at the then Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary in 1992 and completed the Neonatal Intensive Care Course in 2001, before finally moving to the Neonatal Unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

The women were presented with bouquets of flowers at their retiral tea in the ward, and also enjoyed a retirement party at the Falkirk Stadium where they received gifts from their former colleagues.

Anne Vallance, Clinical Ward Manager for the Neonatal Unit, said: “There are many grateful parents in the Forth Valley area who along with colleagues would like to thank both Rae and Babs for all their hard work and dedication over the years. We wish them both a long and happy retirement.”