A much-loved and respected nurse has retired from her post at the Royal Surrey Hospital after 51 years of nursing service.
Josephine Arthur, affectionately known as ‘Mama Josie’, began her nursing career in the community in 1971, before moving to the hospital in 1980.
She worked on Millbridge Ward – a thirty-bed acute medical gastroenterology unit – at the hospital and has been praised for her efforts in supporting colleagues and training new students.
She had tried to retire previously, but decided she still had more to give and came back for several more years.
Ms Arthur described how her team had given her “strength” which kept her going when her husband died 25 years ago.
“They respect me here. They call me ‘Mama Josie’, even the patients. I’ve enjoyed my career here,” she added.
Chief nurse at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital where she worked, said Ms Arthur “is an inspiring nurse who has given her life and dedication to our patients”.
“She is loved and respected by the whole Millbridge team and beyond. She’s an incredible character, everybody loves her and she will be hugely missed.”