A New Dawn For Long-Serving Sister
Date of release: 14 July 2020
It was a case of ‘surprise, surprise’ as a long-serving member of staff brought down the curtain on her 42-year career at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
Sister Dawn Barrett pictured with colleagues at her surprise retirement party on ward A6
Sister Dawn Barrett, who turned 60 on Friday, was thrown a surprise retirement party by colleagues on ward A6 Trauma and Orthopaedics on Tuesday, her last working day at New Cross Hospital. Staff decorated the ward and its approach with balloons, banners and old photographs. Colleagues brought cup cakes, scones and pizza to celebrate Dawn’s last working day – all at social distancing - before she officially ended over four decades with the organisation on Sunday.
Two baskets of food and wine were bought from a collection, which were handed over at a presentation by Sisters Andreia Ferreira, Raki Gill and Amarpreet Kaur, while an occupational therapist gave Dawn a plant and she was pictured with an inflatable walking frame! The presentation was attended by Karen Glover, Ward Manager, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and all staff on the ward.
“It feels a bit surreal and weird but I feel it’s my time now,” said Dawn, who started work at the former Royal Hospital in the city and has always worked in trauma and orthopaedics. “I’ve enjoyed my time and I shall miss all the people. I’ve been spoilt - the staff have done me proud.”
A planned holiday in the Maldives has had to be put on hold because of COVID-19. But she is now looking forward at spending time with her 11-year-old grandson and seven-month-old grand-daughter. Dawn is especially looking to make up for lost time with the latter.
“I haven’t seen her since she was three months of because of COVID,” said Dawn. “So I am looking forward to some extra babysitting duties.” Dawn, who lives in Bloxwich, also said she is looking forward to spending more time with friends.
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