NHS Dumfries & Galloway

NHS Dumfries and Galloway nursing staff with First Minister Humza Yousaf at Edinburgh Castle

NHS staff honoured at Edinburgh Castle

Huge congratulations to a group of NHS Dumfries and Galloway nursing staff who were honoured at a glittering ceremony to commemorate 75 years of NHS Scotland.

The group of individuals from the community and acute settings across the region were invited to a special reception hosted by the First Minister, Humza Yousaf, at Edinburgh Castle.

Exceptional frontline staff members were recognised for their invaluable contribution to the NHS’s legacy.

They included: Siobhan Stewart from Ward C6 DGRI, Derek Beeton from Ophthalmology, Carol McLelland from Neonatal Unit and Sharon Vallance from Thomas Hope Hospital in Langholm.

Nick Morris, Chairman of NHS Dumfries and Galloway, was delighted to have been asked to make a speech in support of the address from the First Minister.

He 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 everyday.”

Sharon Vallance, Senior Charge Nurse at Thomas Hope Hospital in Langholm, 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.”

NHS Dumfries and Galloway nursing staff with First Minister Humza Yousaf at Edinburgh Castle