Medical directors past and present delivered personal messages of appreciation to PA Irene Graham at her recent retirement presentation.
Dr Iain Wallace, who attended in person, praised Irene for putting up with constant redrafting and said she was a great PA. Dr Gareth Davies, in a recorded tribute from his home in sunny Spain, described her as the Queen of PAs who had brought organisation to his chaos, and, as an honorary member of his family, extended an invitation to visit at any time. Miss Tracey Gillies, now Medical Director at NHS Lothian, sent a recorded message thanking Irene for all the support she had provided and hoping she has a wonderful time in retirement, getting to do everything she wants with her husband and family.
There was also a glowing tribute from current Medical Director, Andrew Murray, who said Irene was a consummate professional, who was focused, organised and kept him right!
Responding, Irene said the video messages were quite humbling and she was taken aback by the turnout and support. She added she would always think of NHS Forth Valley as her extended family and her only regret was that she had not left her previous local authority job to join the NHS sooner!
Irene, who had worked with NHS Forth Valley for more than 20 years, left Carseview House loaded with gifts, including two Radley bags, flowers, champagne and jewellery.