Prac­tice nurse re­tires after 45 years on the job

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - TERESA RAM­SEY

‘‘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.’’

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