Mid­wife re­tires af­ter 20 years in Lochaber

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I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years”

Roslyn Stewart


A MID­WIFE who spent more than 20 years help­ing preg­nant ladies in Lochaber will be ‘sorely missed’ when she re­tires.

Staff at the Belford Mid­wifery Unit said farewell to col­league Roslyn Stewart last month (Oc­to­ber) as she re­tired af­ter 30 years as a mid­wife, 22 of those based in Lochaber. Ros started her nurs­ing train­ing in Aberdeen in 1980. In 1985 she be­gan her mid­wifery train­ing in Leeds. Prior to work­ing in Lochaber, she spent six years work­ing in the mid­wifery team based at Raig­more Hospi­tal.

She said: ‘I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years where we’ve gone from a GP-led unit to a com­mu­nity mid­wifery unit and the in­te­gra­tion of the teams which com­bined lo­cal births and com­mu­nity care.

‘I’ve re­ally en­joyed my time here. I’ll miss ev­ery­one but I am keep­ing a hand in for now as I’ve joined the mid­wifery bank. I’m look­ing for­ward to the next chap­ter of my life.’

Cather­ine MacDon­ald, mid­wifery man­ager for the area, cred­its Ros with be­ing a tremen­dous sup­port to the lo­cal team.

She said: ‘Ros will be very much missed by the staff here. We will miss her quiet, calm pres­ence and her unswerv­ing loy­alty to us as a team. Her clin­i­cal skills are sec­ond to none and she has al­ways stepped in to do ex­tra hours and on- call if needed. In fact, she did not take a phased re­tire­ment and ac­tu­ally worked ex­tra hours in the run up to her last day as we needed the help.

‘Her pa­tients will miss her as well. On the day she left a pa­tient did come by to give her a bou­quet of flow­ers as a thank you. She is just so highly thought of. I know we’ll still see her around, but we all wish her a very happy re­tire­ment.’

Ros started her nurs­ing train­ing in Aberdeen in 1980.

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