Senior nurse retires after incredible 50-year career in Coventry

Bev Spencer worked at University Hospital Coventry in Walsgrave
Bev Spencer worked at University Hospital Coventry in Walsgrave -Credit:UHCW/Facebook

A kind-hearted Coventry woman has retired after years of dedicating her life to helping those in need. Bev Spencer has spent more than 50 years working for the NHS in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Her career began in September 1972, with Bev working at different sites including Gulson Road, Coventry and Warwickshire, Whitley and Paybody. She started as a Staff Nurse at Coventry and Warwickshire in 1979, a fast-paced role that involved working in A&E.

Bev then moved to the Watson Ward in 1995 before going on to be a Discharge Facilitator for Trauma and Orthopaedics when University Hospital Coventry opened in 2006. She worked in the Discharge Lounge from 2009 to 2018 before being redeployed to the Acute Frailty Unit.

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After nearly 52 years of commitment to the NHS in Coventry and Warwickshire, Bev completed her final shift on Saturday (April 27). Colleagues shared memories of times spent together and described working with the mum-of-two as an 'absolute pleasure.'

Bev said she will miss the people that she has worked with over the years 'the most.' She said: “I will them miss the most and the send-off they have given me has been overwhelming.”

She is looking forward to quality time with her family, saying: “I would like to get a dog and maybe travel a little! But mainly I just want to enjoy being with the children and grandchildren.”

A spokesman for the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said: “All at UHCW send Bev our best wishes and thanks for your loyalty and dedication! You will be greatly missed.”

Colleagues heaped well-wishes on Bev on Facebook. Hannah Stroude said: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with you over the years, Bev!”

Lynne Clarke commented: “Great memories of our time at C&W and the laughs we had!” Gina Morrison commented: “I have happy memories of you from Cov and Warwick.”

Amanda Twynham said: “You have worked hard all your career, you deserve a lot of fun and family time. Although Cov and Warks' times were the best!”

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