Heather Carter has served the medical needs of Dargaville patients for 50 years, a huge milestone for this well-known nurse

Five decades caring for locals

by Andy Bryenton

Heather Carter first applied to be a nurse in 1966, undertaking an 18 month intense training program before finally graduating to become a familiar face to patients of Dargaville Hospital.

While much has changed during the 50 years of her service to nursing, a competent, calm and caring attitude at the bedside is still much appreciated by staff and patients. Jen Thomas, Dargaville Hospital Operations Manager, spoke highly of these qualities when referring to the 50th employment anniversary of the nurse known affectionately as ‘Twigs’.

“No matter where you work, you always treat patients and whanau with the utmost respect, dignity and have an amazing ability to show care and kindness. Qualities that are very special in a person and certainly not something everyone has. Not only do your colleagues hold you in very high esteem, but the community and patients certainly do. You are a bit of a legend of Dargaville and everyone who has ever had a baby in Dargaville talk so fondly of Twigs.”

Heather’s fame amongst Dargaville’s mothers comes from her long-standing role in the maternity unit of the local hospital, where she says she was asked to fill in for a while in 1988, then never left.

Prior to this, Heather spent two decades in a surgical role and throughout has been a caring presence busily ensuring that the healing process runs smoothly for countless patients.

Fifty years is a milestone for this dedicated health professional, not a farewell, and Heather carries on her duties with the heartfelt thanks of her peers.