Staff at East Surrey Hospital waved goodbye last week(18) to dedicated nurse Richard Hill, who has spent an impressive 47 years working in the NHS.
The Reigate resident and father of two began working as a clerk in the old Redhill General Hospital before carrying out his nursing training in Sussex.
He began work on the wards at the hospital in Earslwood in 1985 and has spent the last 15 years working as an emergency nurse practitioner at both East Surrey and Crawley Hospitals.
Richard said: “Working in an acute hospital has been so interesting, and I have really enjoyed the variety in the emergency department – you never know what is coming through the door next and that really appealed to me.”
But the 65 year old isn’t planning to put his feet up just yet: “One of my patients suggested volunteering for the National Trust which I am looking into and I am also hoping to volunteer for St Catherine’s Hospice.”