Forty years to the day that Richard Green started as a student nurse in Falkirk District Royal Infirmary, he was celebrating his retirement and preparing to head to Spain for a well-deserved holiday.
Richard worked first in urology and then began mental health training at Bellsdyke before moving to Lochgreen where his leadership qualities and clinical skills were quickly recognised. He became a Charge Nurse in 1986, early in his career.
Richard then moved to Bonnybridge Day Hospital where he worked for many years. Latterly he worked as a Community Psychiatric Nurse after joining the Community Mental Health Team based at Falkirk Community Hospital.
Clinical Nurse Manager Susan McConachie said Richard would be missed for his humour and quick wit commenting that he would joke that every place he had worked had closed down after he left! She also described him as a supportive, very caring colleague with a genuine interest in older people.
Richard was presented with a Harris Tweed wallet containing money, a special bottle of port, and Maltesers galore, his favourite chocolate sweet. The next item on his retirement bucket list is walking through the Western Isles.