A long-serving West Norfolk nurse who has cared for thousands of people has retired after 50 years service.
Aileen Shore started her career in 1973 at the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn General
She has fulfilled a variety of roles at QEH in her 50 years’ service, including anaesthetics, all surgical specialities and recovery and finishes her career as a Sister in Main Theatre Recovery.
Aileen’s colleague from across the years joined together at The QEH to bid her a fond farewell. She said: “I have loved my job and the people I work with. I love people and caring for them, and I have been so fortunate to have had so many great mentors over the years.
“Working as a nurse has been fulfilling and rewarding, I have seen many changes throughout the years, but it doesn’t feel like 50 years. I can remember the day I started as a cadet nurse arriving with my suitcase, it was the first time I’d been away from home, and I didn’t know anyone. We were allocated to shared bedrooms, and soon got to know each other. I have fond memories of those days.
“Over time I met my husband who also worked in the theatre department. We later married and had a daughter. The QEH has been a large part of my life and, although I’m looking forward to retirement, I will miss the friends I have made over the years.
“I will be celebrating privately with my team over the weekend, when we get our dancing shoes on!”
Nicola Smith, Senior Sister Recovery, commented: “I have been Andi’s line manager for the last 10 years and her wealth of knowledge is phenomenal. She has taught me and the team so much over the years. Her dedication to her patients, team and the NHS as a whole has been remarkable, she always goes above and beyond for her patients and is well respected by the team. Andi will be a great loss to the recovery team, main theatres and the QEH team. We will all miss her so much and wish her all the best for her retirement after 50 years service.”