After clocking up almost a quarter of a million miles in his long career with NHS Forth Valley, Transport Manager Gerald Ferrie has retired.
With nearly 40 years’ service under his bonnet, Gerald started in 1980 as General Services Manager leading the administration function and was responsible for the retail unit at the former Royal Scottish National Hospital (RSNH) before becoming Transport Manager when services at Bellsdyke and RSNH merged. His latest role saw him take on a wider strategic oversight of fleet management, clinical waste and car leasing for two health boards, NHS Forth Valley and Fife.
Paying tribute to Gerald, Director of Facilities and Infrastructure, Jonathan Procter, said he was outstanding in a crisis, and always willing to go the extra mile. In the big freeze of 2009/10 he dug staff vehicles out of the car park at Bonnybridge Hospital where transport was then based, and last year, when the Beast from the East arrived, he walked through snow from Redding to Falkirk Community Hospital to help drivers deliver food to community hospitals.
Gerald, who is also described as ‘a bit of a shark on the golf course’ intends to spend part of his retirement touring France with his caravan.