AFTER more than 40 years in nursing Sister Vivienne Howes has retired as manager of Bridlington Hospital outpatient department.
Sister Howes, had worked there since the hospital was opened in February 1988 and last Thursday said farewell to friends and colleagues.
Her nursing career began as a cadet at Scarborough Hospital in 1968 and she went on to do her training and qualify in 1972.
After several years working in various posts as a Staff Nurse she became a Sister and worked for five years on the Orthopaedic ward at Cross Lane Hospital in Scarborough from 1975.
Norway was to be her next port of call where she worked in mental health for two years before returning to England in 1983 to take up a post in the Care of the Elderly at the former Bempton Lane Hospital.
February 1988 saw the opening of the newly-built Bridlington and District Hospital where she took on the role of outpatient department mananger.
Well known in the town she has been instrumental in the development and smooth running of this busy department.
Colleagues past and present gathered at the hospital last Thursday to give her a send off.
They presented her with retirement gifts including a Satellite navigation system, jewellery, vouchers, handbag and travel items, as well as flowers and plants.
The first act in her retirement is a holiday in Norway to visit friends she made during her time there.