IT was an emotional weekend for former Grafton Base Hospi- tal matron Kay Paine. Mrs Paine caught up with former colleagues at the Jaca- randa Hospital Reunion 2005, which included a tour of the hospital on Saturday afternoon and dinner on Saturday night. Hospital employees including doctors, nurses, paramedics and support staff were reunited at the first major reunion in 30 years. Mrs Paine said the reunion was a historical event for which people travelled from across Australia. "Some people had not been back to the hospital in 30
years," she said. The dinner at Grafton's Silks on Course was attended by 290 people. Like generations of nurses, Mrs Paine attended the nurse training school at Grafton Base Hospital. The school trained nurses through three- or four- year apprenticeships from 1956 to 1987. Mrs Paine said nurses devel- oped strong friendships living in the same quarters. "It became like a little fami- ly," she said. "The nurses devel- oped a sense of comradery." The reunion coincided with the launch of a book on the history of the hospital.