A career well spent

24 May 2022

Agatha, seated, surrounded by her colleaguesWe have a huge amount of respect for our nurses and recognise the crucial contribution they make to our organisation, but it’s rare that we come across someone like Agatha Pollock, our outpatient manager here at Practice Plus Group Hospital, Ilford.

Agatha (pictured seated) retired this month after a nursing career spanning nearly half a century – 47 years and 8 months precisely. It was quite apt that such a stalwart of the nursing team retired on 12th May – International Nurses Day.

Agatha came over from Ireland in 1974 to start her nurse training in London. Her career began at Oldchurch Hospital in Romford where she gradually worked her way up the nursing ranks to Matron for Surgery. To our good fortune she joined Practice Plus Group in 2013 as the Inpatient Ward Manager. Since joining she has taken charge of nearly every department in the hospital, bringing a great sense of humour and leaving behind a high standard of nursing care across the organisation.

Celebrating Agatha’s retirement on International Nurses Day gave us a chance to reflect on the many people who dedicate their careers to caring for others, Agatha is a great example of what it means to be a nurse and we will miss her greatly. Enjoy your much deserved retirement Agatha!


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