Staff at Banbury’s Horton Hospital have said farewell to a ‘fantastic’ nurse who has retired after a career spanning a total of 45 years.
The retirement of Unity Tobin – who has worked at the Horton’s day care unit since 1996 – was celebrated at a leaving party last Wednesday ahead of her final day at work on Friday.
Mrs Tobin, who lives in Bodicote, said: “The Horton is a lovely hospital and very friendly. The thing I enjoy about day surgery is the continuity of patients coming in and out, so you see them when they arrive and then wave them goodbye.”
Mrs Tobin’s career began at Belfast’s City Hospital in 1968 when she started a three-year training course.
She then moved to Edinburgh where she studied midwifery before moving into operating theatres.
After ten years in the Scottish capital she moved to Leeds for five years to work at the city’s St James Hospital.
She then worked in Peterborough and Cambridge, working in the private sector and on night duty, before moving to Banbury in 1995. She said: “I really enjoy the different things you get up to, there is a lot of variety and you meet different people each day.
“We are a small team and work really hard. I am very fond of everyone here and will still be in touch with them all.
“I will miss the place very much. I haven’t got any immediate plans for the future, I just have things I’d like to do that I didn’t have the time for before.”
Lynne Beeson, ward manager of the day care unit, said: “Unity is a fantastic member of staff who is willing and able to help other staff members with anything. She has a huge wealth of knowledge and we are all going to miss her.”