Pop­u­lar nurse calls it a day

Alpine Observer - - News -

BY TATE SPI­TERI

GABBY Far­ronato likes to keep a low pro­file, but after more than three decades work­ing as a nurse at the Myrtle­ford hospi­tal she has be­come a pretty fa­mil­iar face around town.

Last Thurs­day was her fi­nal day at the hospi­tal as she heads into re­tire­ment, and when asked what she’ll miss the most her re­sponse was the peo­ple.

“The best thing about work is the peo­ple I have been able to help along the way, I’ve got my mother down at the lodge and when I go there I nearly know ev­ery­one,” she said.

Ms Far­ronato has been par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar among Ital­ians at the hospi­tal, help­ing them by in­ter­pret­ing doc­tors and just en­gag­ing in a gen­eral chat.

She said there had been a lot changes dur­ing her 33 years at the hospi­tal.

“When I started here in 1985 there was a lot more staff and we of­fered a lot more ser­vices, we had mid­wifery and we used to do some theatre work but of course we’re just a gen­eral acute hospi­tal now,” she said.

“We’re here to help the com­mu­nity and that has al­ways been our main goal.”

An­other long re­main­ing mem­ber of the hospi­tal’s nurs­ing staff is Robyn Lums­den, who has been a col­league of Ms Far­ronato since the 1980s.

“She is one of the orig­i­nal girls that was here when I first came, we’ve al­ways worked well to­gether,” she said.

“I will miss her, and she will prob­a­bly miss me, a lot of nice nurses are com­ing up and I’m sure the hospi­tal will be in good hands.”

Ms Far­ronato will travel to the United King­dom for the birth of her daugh­ter’s sec­ond child but apart from also tak­ing a trip to Italy to visit rel­a­tives she has no set plans for re­tire­ment.

“I’m just look­ing for­ward to do­ing noth­ing and not hav­ing to wake up at five in the morn­ing to come to work or any­thing like that,” she laughed.

“I want to thank ev­ery­one that worked with me and put up with me all those years.

“You choose a ca­reer and you make the best of it, if I didn’t like it I would have been out of here years ago.”

“I want to thank ev­ery­one that worked with me and put up with me all those years.

“You choose a ca­reer and you make the best of it. If I didn’t like it I would have been out of here years ago.”

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