Good health for retiring Jenny after 26 years

Jenny Higgins celebrates her retirement after nearly 50 years of nursing with colleagues at Holbeach Hospital where she spent just over half of her medical career.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Jenny Higgins celebrates her retirement after nearly 50 years of nursing with colleagues at Holbeach Hospital where she spent just over half of her medical career. Photo by Tim Wilson.

  • Holbeach Hospital staff give colleague a fitting send-off
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A long-serving nurse at Holbeach Hospital has received a fitting send-off from colleagues after nearly 50 years in the health service.

Jenny Higgins (68) of Gedney Dyke was the centre of attention at a retirement party put on by hospital staff on Wednesday in recognition of her 26 years of service to patients.

Staff presented Jenny with champagne, cakes and flowers to mark her last day, less than a year after she was recognised with a 25-year long service award.

Jenny said: “It was a very good day and I think I’m very lucky to have worked with some fabulous people throughout my working life, especially at Holbeach Hospital.”

Jenny, who has three children with her husband Peter, started her nursing career at the world-famous Great Ormond Street Hospital for children in London where she was a State Enrolled Nurse from September 1967.

“My induction was at Tadworth Court, then I did six months of my training at Sutton General Hospital, Surrey, before I went back to Great Ormond Street where I worked on the premature baby and cardiac unit.”

One of Jenny’s highlights whilst at Great Ormond Street Hospital was a puppet show based on the children’s TV characters from 1950s and 1960s, Pinky and Perky which entertained children needing treatment.

After marrying Peter in 1971, Jenny went to work on the children’s ward at Epsom General Hospital in Surrey before the family moved to Lincolnshire in 1978.

Jenny said: “We moved to Tydd St Mary where I took time out to look after the family. But in 1986, we moved to Gedney Dyke where, after a few years, I meet Melonie who was a nurse at Holbeach Hospital.

“Melonie introduced me to Joyce Fines and that’s when 26 years of both hard work and fun times were had.

“During my time at Holbeach Hospital, I helped to kit out the windows with curtains obtained by going on shopping expeditions to find the best bargains.

“I also took patients into Holbeach to see the summertime weddings, as well as enjoying Holbeach’s famous Laddies ice cream.”

Jenny was one of seven staff invited to a special celebration of Holbeach Hospital’s silver anniversary in June 2015.

Maxine Winch, manager of Holbeach Hospital and another to be recognised, said: “Jenny has been a valued member of our team, first as a nurse in the care home and then later on as an outpatient clinic nurse.”

“We are very sorry to see Jenny go and we will miss her very much.”