Moira’s ready to sail into retirement

Practice nurse Moira Barber is retiring from the Ramillies Surgery in Victoria Road South, Southsea. She's pictured here with friends and colleagues. ''' Picture: Paul Jacobs (122349-1)
Practice nurse Moira Barber is retiring from the Ramillies Surgery in Victoria Road South, Southsea. She's pictured here with friends and colleagues. ''' Picture: Paul Jacobs (122349-1)
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A doctor’s surgery is celebrating the career of one of its practice nurses as she gets ready to retire after 25 years.

Moira Barber, 60, has worked for the Ramillies Surgery in Southsea for the past 22 years as a practice nurse and previously worked as a district nurse.

To celebrate her retirement her friends and colleagues put on a party during the surgery’s lunch hour.

The party guests were treated to tea and biscuits to celebrate Moira’s send off.

Moira, from Portsmouth, has two children, Simon and Peter, plus two grandchildren, Finley and Audrey, and one more due any day.

She first got into nursing when she left school because she loves helping people.

‘I love people,’ she adds.

‘I just love speaking to and helping them. I just really, really, enjoy it.

‘When I first started I was more of a carer really and I had to care for people, but now they have people specifically doing that job.’

Moira has also done a lot of work for charity, taking part in the Great South Run and abseiling in the past.

She also volunteers for SEAP (Support Empower Advocate Promote), which helps those who are vulnerable in the community.

And busy Moira also helped set up St Aidan’s Church in Anchorage Park in 1991 and is still a valued member of the congregation.

Moira really enjoys sailing and has just got a new boat so she can take to the water more.

Her friend, Ken Ebbens, was at the party and says: ‘The thing about Moira is that she’s wonderfully old-fashioned. She has old-fashioned values and approaches and people just warm to her.

‘You don’t see people having the opportunity so much these days just to say goodbye and good luck.’

He adds: ‘If you want a definition of a true friend, Moira Barber is the one. She’s a lovely lady.’

Moira says: ‘I will miss everybody, but I’ve been working towards this for a few years now and I’m looking forward to spending some time with my grandchildren.’