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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
NHS staff enjoy castle reception
MEETING THE FIRST MINSTER . . . left to right: Carol McLelland, Siobhan Stewart, First Minister Humza Yousaf, Sharon Vallance, Derek Beeton

A GROUP of nursing staff from NHS Dumfries and Galloway were honoured at a glittering ceremony to commemorate 75 years of NHS Scotland.

The quartet represented the region at a special reception hosted by First Minister Humza Yousaf at Edinburgh Castle.

Recognised for their invaluable contribution to the NHS’s legacy were Siobhan Stewart from Ward C6 DGRI; Derek Beeton from ophthalmology; Carol McLelland from neonatal; and Sharon Vallance from the Thomas Hope Hospital in Langholm.

Nick Morris, chairman of NHS Dumfries and Galloway, also gave a speech and said: “I want to give special thanks to all of our local staff, past and present from the range of practitioners and clinicians caring for our loved ones, to the cleaners, porters catering staff and engineers keeping our hospitals in order, and our social care workers, paramedics, allied health professionals, administrators, our volunteers and many more who do an outstanding job, each and every day and have dedicated years of their lives to the NHS.

“The event was remarkable, and I was so honoured to attend with a group of our amazing staff who go the extra mile in their roles every day.”

Senior charge nurse Sharon Vallance said: “I was delighted to be nominated to attend this event and to receive this prestigious recognition at such a landmark time for our NHS.

“The event itself was extremely thought-provoking and it reinforced my pride to work for the NHS and to lead the delivery of high-quality, patient-centred care with an outstanding team.”

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