Practice nurse retires after 45 years on the job
‘‘I really enjoyed the job and I really enjoyed the people.’’
Phillippa Andrews has retired from nursing after 45 years, including 37 years at Thames Medical Centre.
Originally from Christchurch, Andrews began her nursing training at Auckland Public Hospital 45 years ago.
She trained as a general nurse with obstetrics training for four years before taking on a private nursing position in Auckland for two years. Then her and husband Jim moved to the Marlborough Sounds, where she worked as a part-time district nurse.
The couple moved to Thames 37 years ago, when Phillippa Andrews accepted a position at Thames Medical Centre.
‘‘We decided we needed to move to a bigger area for our children, most of the family was in the North Island,’’ she said.
‘‘We wanted a place that was by the beach, near bigger towns where the children could go to university or any training that they wanted.’’
She was employed by the late Dr Ian McPherson at Thames Medical Centre and worked with a number of doctors at Thames Medical Centre before working with Dr Kerry Hennessy for the past 30 years.
‘‘It’s been a really rewarding job and I really enjoyed having the continuity of the generations - I’m on to fourth generations so it’s kind of special.’’
Looking after people’s health has been more than a full-time job for Andrews, who spent her last day at work on November 15.
She is often stopped in the street or supermarket and asked for a consultation or prescription, and patients have also called her at home for advice.
‘‘You feel as though you’ve got to shop at the supermarket at hours where you know it’s really quiet.’’
Andrews said she had really enjoyed working at the medical centre.
‘‘I really enjoyed the job and I really enjoyed the people, I just feel that the time is right for me to go,’’ she said.
‘‘I just feel at my age that it’s time to start doing things that I want to do.’’
Andrews is looking forward to exploring the country with the couple’s new caravan. ‘‘We intend to do some touring around.’’
She’s also a keen gardener and fitness enthusiast.
‘‘I enjoy walking and I’ve joined the aerobic and kettle class, and will be doing more biking,’’ she said.
‘‘I don’t think we’ll have too much spare time.’’