Forth Valley NHS staff celebrate long service

Pictured are chief executive Jane Grant, Linda Thomson, chairman Alex Linkston, Helen McCabe and Tom Hart
Pictured are chief executive Jane Grant, Linda Thomson, chairman Alex Linkston, Helen McCabe and Tom Hart

Looking after the welfare of colleagues at NHS Forth Valley has been Tom Hart’s role for the past decade.

And now his distinguished career which stretches back over 40 years has been recognised by bosses at a special function to say ‘thanks’ to him and other long serving colleagues within the local health service.

Tom and fellow ‘veterans’, Helen McCabe and Linda Thomson were guests at an event hosted by NHS Forth Valley Chairman Alex Linkston and Chief Executive Jane Grant that saw nearly 70 other dedicated workers celebrating 1710 years service between them. All were presented with a pin badge and specially designed certificate.

Tom (60), from Larbert, started his career in 1972 as a nursing assistant at the former Royal Scottish National Hospital in Larbert. He was later a staff nurse, charge nurse and care leader before taking on the role of NHS Forth Valley employee director in 2004.

Helen (59) lives in Denny. She joined the NHS in 1971 and worked in the pharmacy departments of Stirling Royal, Bellsdyke Hospital and Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary and now as operational service manager at the showpiece Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert.

Linda provided administrative assistance to the Board of Management for Stirling, Falkirk and Alloa Hospitals at its headquarters in Gladstone Place between 1973 and 1978. She moved to Spittal Street in 1982, but for the last 32 years worked in the Stirling Royal Infirmary, now Stirling Community Hospital, as administrative officer. She is 57 and from Stirling.

Jane Grant said: “Theirs is a fantastic achievement which highlights dedication and commitment much appreciated by patients and colleagues.”