Friends and colleagues have said goodbye to retiring Huddersfield nursing chief Helen Thomson.
Helen, who lives in Lindley, was deputy chief executive and director of nursing at the Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
She retired this month after 25 years and colleagues turned out in force to say farewell.
Helen, renowned as the “complete nurse”, joined the former Huddersfield NHS Trust as head of midwifery in 1989.
She is a registered nurse and registered midwife and midwifery teacher. She had been director of nursing since the merger of the Calderdale and Huddersfield trusts in 2001.
She was also deputy chief executive from 2006 and in 2012 was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.
Helen, known for her traditional approach to nursing, thanked colleagues for the send-off and said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career as a nurse and midwife right from my early training days in Leeds.
“It has been a great privilege to work with some fantastic nurses and midwives who make a real difference to patients’ lives every day.”
Trust chairman Andrew Haigh paid tribute to Helen and said: “It is really hard for me to imagine the Trust without Helen around to lend wise counsel and a steadying hand.
“I know I speak for the rest of her colleagues and the Trust as a whole when I say she will be sorely missed and that we wish her well in her retirement from us and the next stage in her career.”
Helen has been replaced as nursing director by Julie Dawes, who joined from Portsmouth Hospitals Trust.
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