Get-to­gether a prom­ise kept

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

The Toko­roa Hospi­tal Nurse’s Gath­er­ing – Past and Present will be held at the Toko­roa Cos­mopoli­tan Club on March 8 and 9 where dozens of past and present staff will rem­i­nisce with sto­ries and pho­to­graphs.

Toko­roa Hospi­tal en­rolled nurse Wendy Jones said the idea for the re­u­nion came from a col­league who passed away re­cently.

‘‘About 12 months ago one of our nurs­ing col­leagues who had left quite a few years ago, I went to visit her be­cause she was hav­ing chemo­ther­apy treat­ment,’’ she said.

‘‘We were ly­ing on the bed talk­ing to her and hav­ing a laugh with her and when we went to leave she grabbed me by the hand and said: ‘Wendy, it’s time we had a nurses get-to­gether and party like we used to’.

‘‘She died a few months ago. So, as a prom­ise to her that is why we are hav­ing it,’’ Mrs Jones said.

She said los­ing col­leagues was tough.

‘‘As the years have gone by we have lost some of our work col­leagues and it really hits home,’’ she said last week.

She also told the South Waikato News that former col­leagues who now live as far away as the United States have been con­firmed for the re­u­nion.

‘‘We have some coming from Lon­don, Aus­tralia, Amer­ica. Never un­der­es­ti­mate the grapevine. We have put the word out. But it was really Face­book that got it out there,’’ she said.

Mrs Jones, who has worked at Toko­roa Hospi­tal for al­most four decades, is look­ing for­ward to see­ing old friends.

‘‘I am really look­ing for­ward to see­ing old friends, see­ing peo­ple who I haven’t seen for so many years. It is go­ing to be great, lots of talk­ing, a lot of talk­ing and plenty of laughs. It is go­ing to be fun.’’

The feel­ing was shared by reg­is­tered nurse Lissie Cope, who is ex­cited about the prospect of see­ing former col­leagues.

NURSES’ DAY OUT: Toko­roa Hospi­tal reg­is­tered nurses, from back, Kahu Winikerei and Lissie Cope along with en­rolled nurse Wendy Jones are gear­ing up for this week’s Toko­roa Hospi­tal nurses gath­er­ing.

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