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Margaret Millington Retires After 52 Years of Service

Newsdate 3 June 2016Margaret Millington

Old friends and current colleagues gathered together to wish Margaret Millington a very happy retirement on Wednesday 25 May.

The cosy farewell was held on Ward 3 at Leigh Infirmary, where Margaret worked, and was organised by Ward Manager, Yvonne Gornall. WWL Director of Nursing, Pauline Law, was also there to celebrate with Margaret, presenting her with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the Trust.

Margaret had given an incredible 52 years of service to the nursing profession, a job she loved and was totally committed too. Described by colleagues as a “lovely lady” her popularity was clear by the large number of people who attended her retirement get together. During the afternoon there was a lot of laughter, but also much emotion, reflecting the love her co-workers had for her.

She initially worked in a factory when she first left school, before deciding that healthcare was an area she might consider, working at Newchurch Hospital in Winwick, looking after children. This began her passion for nursing and realising it was the career path for her, Margaret applied to Bolton Hospital and started her nursing training.

Upon completing her training, Margaret worked closer to home at Leigh Infirmary. She juggled work and her family life, working nights, when she had two sons, Andrew and Daniel.

For most of her career, Margaret worked at Leigh’s, now-closed, Accident and Emergency Department. During her time there, she covered multiple roles. One minute she was working on minor injuries, next minute she was working as a Scrub Nurse in Theatre, dealing with emergency surgery that may be needed at night. She developed a reputation as a bit of a “hurricane” with minor injuries, having patients stapled, bandaged and plastered in double quick time.

When the A&E department at Leigh had to close, Margaret was moved to Wigan Infirmary. Although A&E still presented the same challenges as at Leigh, she missed her old place of work. Mostly her friends, but as a keen cyclist, she was unhappy that she couldn’t really ride her bike to work, given the long distance.

As a result, she joined the Day Surgery at Leigh Infirmary, at the time based on Ward 1, at the age of 50. Now 69, it was a job she would hold for 19 years.

Throughout her career Margaret treated her patients with a huge amount of kindness and caring. She also liked to give a large dose of humour, something she was renowned for with her colleagues.

Pauline Law gave a very warmly received speech. At the end, she directly addressed Margaret, saying, “I would like to thank you on behalf of the Trust Board for your kindness, loyalty and service. You are certainly the kind of nurse that I would want to be caring for me.”

WWL would like to wish Margaret all the best for the future and a very happy, richly-deserved retirement.