A Grafton nurse with 40 years of patience
By EMMA CORNFORD
WITH close to 40 years at Grafton Base Hospital up her sleeve, retiring enrolled night nurse Pam Lollback has had plenty of time to create a wealth of memories.
Like the time she delivered a baby on level two ? the geriatric ward ? after a woman was admitted to the hospital with back pains and no idea she was even pregnant.
Drinking a cup of coffee during her final morning break at the hospital yesterday, Mrs Lollback reflected on such memorable moments while her workmates said their goodbyes to one of the hospital's longest-serving employees.
"There's been a lot of changes to the hospital since I first started in 1956 ... and you don't work for 38 years without having a lot of memorable moments," Mrs Lollback said.
Plenty of former patients of Grafton Base Hospital would know Mrs Lollback's face, from those in maternity where she worked for 10 years, to those who were admitted into the general section.
Mrs Lollback always wanted to be a nurse and said there was never any question of her doing anything else.
"I trained for two years and then I left for eight years to have my children ... and then I was back for the next 38 years," she said.
"It doesn't feel like that long though; I don't know where all the years have gone ... but I'm leaving plenty behind."
Although Mrs Lollback has formed bonds with some patients over the years, especially those who return to the hospital, the closest links were with her workmates.
"When patients come back they're quite pleased to see you and that's always very special ... but the best part is seeing them well enough to go home," she said.
"I've made some very close friends here ... who I'll keep seeing and have lunch and breakfasts with. It's just like anywhere in that you form friendships and carry on seeing them."