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Event: Nurses re­unite to mark 60th an­niver­sary of ca­reers and friend­ship

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY ANA DA SILVA

A team of for­mer nurses re­united at the week­end to com­mem­o­rate 60 years of ca­reers and friend­ship.

Nearly 20 women who trained for their nurs­ing ca­reers at Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary in 1959 at­tended the event at the Mar­cliffe Ho­tel and Spa on Satur­day.

Mickey Ram­say, 78, said the group get to­gether every year – with the 60th an­niver­sary at­tract­ing friends from as far as Ding­wall and Ox­ford.

Mrs Ram­say, from Dru­moak, started her train­ing with the other women on Novem­ber 2, 1959 and spoke about the dif­fer­ent changes the group ex­pe­ri­enced through the years.

She said: “It was re­ally nice that we were able to get to­gether on Novem­ber 2 – on the ex­act day 60 years ago.

“Every year we al­ways say this might be the last time we get to see each other, but we al­ways say that.

“W e w e r e q u i t e dis­ci­plined back then and very re­spect­ful of author­ity.

“I re­mem­ber we didn’t have any­thing ster­ilised in bags, like how we have them now.

“We had to wash ev­ery­thing and then send it off to be ster­ilised – we even had to wash the metal bed­pans by hand.

“For our cot­ton balls, we had to make them our­selves and put them on the ra­di­a­tors to fluff them up.

“There was a lot of clean­ing too, once a week we had to thor­oughly dust be­hind the beds and we didn’t question it.

“When I think about it, it taught us a lot about cross­in­fec­tion.”

How­ever, Mrs Ram­say said the nurs­ing staff also had their share of fun.

“We got up to naughty things too, some­times the nurses would take ster­ilised la­bels and stick them on the back of the young doc­tors’ coats.

“We had fun most of the time and we be­came very close,” she said.

Mrs Ram­say said the re­u­nion was filled with con­ver­sa­tion and rem­i­nisc­ing over old pho­to­graphs.

She added: “I think, nurses on a whole, are very happy to chat be­cause we’re al­ways meet­ing peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life.”

Pho­to­graph by Chris Sumner

REM­I­NISC­ING: The ladies, who trained at Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary in 1959, met up at the Mar­cliffe Ho­tel and Spa.

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