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Celebrations for a ‘treasured institution’ were held across Scotland this month


deline Reid MBE, a retired nurse and midwife from Keith, began her career in 1958 and in her 44 years with the NHS worked in a variety of roles throughout

Scotland. She trained as a Registered General Nurse at

Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin, became a certified midwife at Rottenrow Glasgow, worked as a Queen’s District Nurse and District Midwife in Glasgow and was a midwife at Seafield Hospi-

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tal in Buckie. Adeline also studied at Robert Gordon University, to become a practical work teacher at Keith Health Centre and took a course to become a nurse prescriber. “From an early age my ambition was al-

ways to be a nurse and working for the NHS has been the most wonderful experience for me. It has given me a wealth of skills and the opportunity to meet loads of amazing people – both fellow staff and patients,” said Adeline. “I cannot praise the NHS highly enough

for everything it does. Indeed, I have also experienced the NHS as a user, and owe a debt of gratitude for the screening pro- gramme which identified my breast cancer, the surgery and radiotherapy which fol- lowed, and the follow-up care since. “Te first-rate healthcare and compas-

sionate service is something we as a country should be very proud of. I am hugely grateful for everything the NHS has done for me and given to me throughout my life. It gives me great pride to have been part of one of our nation’s most treasured institutions, and in its 70th year, to see it continuing to impact hundreds of thousands of lives every day.”

All around Scotland this month the nation celebrated this ‘treasured institution’. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reasserted a commitment to an NHS free at the point of need as she celebrated the 70th anniversary with patients and staff in Glasgow. She was joined by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman at the Royal Hospital for Children. Tey took part in 1940s games with children in the hospital’s atrium before meeting patients,

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