End of an era at hospital as well-known Doncaster nurse retires after 50 years

Britain was still using shillings the year long serving Pat Hardeman first started in nursing in Doncaster.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 9:28 am

Pat, from Conisbrough, enrolled in nurse training in June 1971, after speaking to the Matron at Montagu Hospital.

But his week, the mum of three finally left the job – retiring from the profession she loves at Montagu Hospital after 50 years. Hospital bosses marked her leaving with a presentation to thank her for her long service.

After qualifying in 1974, doing a placement in Rotherham, she then re-joined the team at Montagu as a staff nurse within surgery before moving to the site’s former A&E department in 1980.

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Pat Hardeman, front row, centre, at her retirement presentation

After that, she spent nearly 40 years as a sister in the outpatients department at the hospital, working there from 1982 until this week.

Pat, who also has three grandchildren, said: “I can honestly say that I have loved every minute of my time within the NHS. I really settled into life at Montagu Hospital, and the Trust, and never thought about going anywhere else.

"From the patients to the people I have worked with, I can honestly say that I have enjoyed it all immensely – it doesn’t really feel like 50 years at all. I’ll miss everyone, as it has been such a huge part of my life, but I am now looking forward to the next chapter, which will hopefully include a little more sunshine and relaxation!”

Richard Parker, chief executive at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital Trust, said: “We are honoured within this Trust to have so many colleagues who have worked with us for a great many years.

Pat Hardeman, left, at her retirement presentation

He added: "Pat’s commitment however is unparalleled, and on behalf of everyone at DBTH, as well as our communities in Doncaster and Bassetlaw, I want to thank her for the five decades of service she has given to the NHS.

"We have benefited a great deal from her care, compassion and knowledge over the years, and while we will be sorry to see her go, Pat more than anybody else has truly earned the break. I wish her nothing but happiness and good health.”

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