Val’s farewell after 35 years at St Cross

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A ward manager from St Cross hospital is retiring after 35 years of caring for Rugbeians.

Val Brunavs trained in Leicester for three years before beginning her nursing career at St Cross in January 1979 and has remained there ever since. In that time she has moved up the ranks and leaves as Ward Manager of Cedar Unit in the hospital.

Val and her husband, retired teacher George, will now be looking forward to spending time with her two grandchildren, travelling and developing her love of art.

The mum of two from Dunchurch said: “I started my career on the nursing bank and I can honestly say I have loved every minute of my time. The staff on the unit are brilliant and I’m very fortunate to work with fantastic nurses, doctors and therapy teams.

“Despite retiring I won’t be completely hanging up my uniform as I’m planning on coming back part time as working here is such a joy. All the staff at the hospital are like one big family and I’m glad I won’t be completely losing touch with them.”

Mark Radford, chief nursing officer at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, said: ”The NHS is built on dedicated staff like Val. I know she will be missed by her colleagues and we wish her all the very best for the future.”

Val officially retires at the end of the month and plans on celebrating with a party hosted by her colleagues.