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Weldmar bid a fond farewell to original team member Julie Nash after 27 years service

Julie was part of the original hospice nursing team in 1994

She’s seen colleagues come and go in all areas of the charity, she has cared for thousands of patients and comforted many more family members, and now Julie Nash has spent her last day as a Sister on Weldmar Hospicecare’s Inpatient Unit.

Julie was one of the original team members when Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester first opened it’s doors in 1994, with the hospice later merging with Trimar Hospice in Weymouth and Cancer Care Dorset to become Weldmar Hospicecare.

“I’m very emotional, and it’s sad to be leaving, but I’ve been planning this for a number of months now so I feel ready to go.  It was lovely to see so many colleagues come to see me off.  It was quite a surprise because I didn’t know what they were planning!”

Tennis fan Julie was treated, not only to the traditional gifts and cards, but also to a personal letter from the All England Club, organisers of the Wimbledon tournament, and a tweet sent by tennis legend Martina Navaratalova.

Another sporting passion of Julie is Everton football club, and they also sent a surprise message:

 

“I’ve obviously loved the job to have stayed so long,” says Julie, “I hope I have made a difference to people’s lives as I’m very passionate about palliative care and high standards of nursing care.”

“When the hospice opened back in 1994, we didn’t have any patients for the first two weeks, as we were learning all the new processes, and we all wanted to be the one who looked after the first patient when they came in!”

“There are some of the girls that I go back years with, and they have been a great support.  It’s part of being a team and we all help each other through the good, the bad, and the ugly!  Through hard times you can still find some fun and enjoy time with the patients.  It relaxes everyone a bit and you get to know people better, which I’ve really loved.”

Senior Sister Emma Mills says “Julie has been such a support to everyone, and the biggest thing I’m going to miss is the laughs.  No matter how bad a day you are having, she will always make you laugh.  Proper belly laughs, not just a chuckle!  She’s an incredible person to be around, as a friend and a colleague, and I’m going to miss her so much.”

We wish Julie all the very best of luck for her retirement!

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