Forth Valley Staff Recognised for 1700 Years of Helping Patients

Almost 70 people, with a total of 1,710 years service between them, attended the first of two award ceremonies to celebrate their long careers working for the NHS. The event was hosted by the Chairman of NHS Forth Valley, Alex Linkston and Chief Executive, Jane Grant at Stirling Community Hospital and each member of staff was presented with a pin badge and a specially designed certificate.

Among those present were three members of staff who had each notched up 40 years service – NHS Forth Valley Employee Director Tom Hart, Operational Service Manager Helen McCabe and Administrative Officer Linda Thomson.

Tom Hart started his career in 1972 as a nursing assistant at the former Royal Scottish National Hospital in Larbert and then became a student nurse. He was subsequently a staff nurse, a charge nurse and a care leader before he took on the role of Employee Director in 2004.

Helen McCabe has been employed continuously in the pharmacy department since 1971. She has worked at Stirling Royal Infirmary, Bellsdyke Hospital, Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary and is now based at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

Linda Thomson provided administrative assistance to the Board of Management for Stirling, Falkirk and Alloa Hospitals at Gladstone Place between 1973 and 1978. She then moved to the NHS Board’s former headquarters in Spittal Street in l982 and for the past 32 years has worked in the physiotherapy department at Stirling Royal Infirmary which is now Stirling Community Hospital.

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