Warminster eye clinic’s sorry to see stalwart nurse go

This Is Wiltshire: Staff in the eye clinic at Salisbury District Hospital bid retiring nurse Penny Browning (centre) a fond farewell Staff in the eye clinic at Salisbury District Hospital bid retiring nurse Penny Browning (centre) a fond farewell

A long serving nurse who worked at Warminster Hospital’s eye clinic has retired.

Penny Browning, a staff nurse, worked at Salisbury District Hospital’s eye department, including one day a week at Warminster’s clinic. She also led the Warminster clinic’s fundraising efforts to buy a scanner for macular degeneration.

Altogether, Mrs Browning, who lives in Warminster, worked for the NHS for 36 years. She started her career at Salisbury General Infirmary in 1972 and left the NHS in 1989; she continued to nurse locally before moving to Ireland. She returned to Salisbury in 1995 to the day surgery unit, shortly after the opening of the new Salisbury District Hospital, and ended her career in the eye clinic.

Peter Hill, chief executive at Salisbury District Hospital, said: “Penny has been a valued member of our ophthalmology team who worked tirelessly in setting up and supporting services for patients with poor vision.

“Penny led the team in the Warminster eye clinic’s fundraising efforts to buy a scanner for patients with macular degeneration, so that they could receive this treatment closer to home.

“Penny will be missed by the hospital, her patients and colleagues, and we wish her well in her retirement.”

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