Special send off to mark nurse Judy’s 40 years at Aylsham medical practice
PUBLISHED: 12:45 18 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:45 18 January 2017
After 50 years on nursing watch Judy Broomfield has called time on her career in the medical profession.
Popular practice nurse Mrs Broomfield has worked at the Market Surgery in Aylsham since 1977.
More than 300 people attended a coffee morning to mark her retirement at the town hall.
Mum of two Mrs Broomfield, 67, has seen many changes during her career, which began with the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps.
She worked in the UK and Singapore before moving Berlin and Cyprus with her late husband Harry, a soldier in the medical corps.
The couple later moved to Aylsham, where Mrs Broomfield has cared for generations of families at the Market Surgery.
“I really loved being a practice nurse working with the community,” said Mrs Broomfield. “The role of the practice nurse has greatly progressed, from starting off doing dressings and blood tests to looking after patients with conditions like diabetes and arthritis.”
She added: “Retirement was a really big decision and I thought about it for a long time, but am looking forward to moving into the next phase of my life.
“I was totally overwhelmed that so many people came to the coffee morning – Aylsham is such a lovely town to be part of.”
Mrs Broomfield is looking forward to having more time to walk her Lhasa Apso dog Hamish and spending more time with her grandchildren.
And daughters Sarah and Melissa arranged a special trip to Malaysia and Singapore to get her retirement off to a flying start.
Market Surgery GP partner Dr Nazia Ahmed said: “I hope Judy has a long and happy retirement as she deserves it after working so hard for the people of Aylsham. I’m sure she will still be stopped in the street to give advice, but remember, give her a break as she is retired now.”
Senior GP partner Dr Kevin Elsbyn said: “Over the years Judy has given the patients of Aylsham outstanding care as a nurse and has been an excellent colleague to work with and there is no doubt that she will be sorely missed by both staff and patients.”