Midwife Avril Lock is retiring after 51 years in the NHS and thousands of babies delivered.
Avril, based at Calderdale Royal hospital was amongst the first staff to be recruited at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1967 after starting as a general nurse trainee in Darlington in 1962.
She became a midwifery sister in 1970 and worked in several specialties.
The first baby she delivered is now a granddad himself and she remains in contact with him.
Avril said: “I have had a wonderful career. Lots of highs and occasionally, some very sad lows. My family have supported me throughout as has my work “family” when I was coordinator on LDRP (Labour, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum) and in recent years on ward 9 at CRH. They have been brilliant people to work with and meant the world to me.”
On Friday November 1, colleagues held a tea-party at Calderdale Royal Hospital to say a fond farewell to Avril.
She added: “I know I am leaving midwifery in very capable hands for the future.”
Avril was voted Midwife of the Year in a people’s poll to celebrate Midwives Day earlier this year for accompanying a mum on a transfer even though her shift was long-finished.
Associate Director of Nursing, Janet Powell said: “Avril trained in 1962 and 51 years later she is still here delivering the excellent care for our mums that she always done.
“She has never wound down and just is, quite simply, the professional midwife she has always been.”