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Wish Judy well for retirement

Just Regional
Jan 3, 2017 4 mins read

A special event is being held in Aylsham to mark the retirement of a well-known nurse from Market Place Surgery.

Judy Broomfield will be celebrating the occasion with an event at Aylsham Town Hall from 10.30am-1pm thjis Saturday, January 7, and all are invited along to wish her well on her way.

Judy has worked for the surgery for 40 years and is looking forward to seeing people she was worked with over the years and former and current patients.

A few years ago, writer Arlene Todd spoke to Judy about her life and work. Here we print a few extracts from that article:

Judy’s nursing career began after seeing a trailer to a film, showing a recruitment advert for Army nurses.
Being impressed with the army uniform, Judy decided to join up. Little did she realise that one day, she too would appear on recruitment videos, magazines and on TV.

Her initial army training was at Aldershot and her nurses training was carried out at the Royal Stanley Herbert Hospital in Woolwich, London and the Queen Alexandra Hospital where she became qualified as an army nurse and SRN.

It was during these early days that she met her husband, Harry. Harry was a charge nurse working on the same long Army ward as Judy.

After they married in Oxfordshire, they were posted to Berlin.

Their first daughter Sarah was born in Berlin. Her daily outing in her pram was rather a novel one, as it was alongside the Berlin wall, under the steadied stare of the many guards.

They were both then posted to Cyprus and embroiled in Cypriot unrest due to the attempted assassination of the President and the subsequent invasion by the Turks from the north of the island to the south. Although Cyprus had become independent by then, Britain still retained by agreement, some bases.

They faced hard times. All the service people who were living outside in civilian areas were brought onto the base for safety and two families had to share every house. A Ghurkha regiment arrived to protect the base and more medical staff too. After his normal hours of work, Harry was put to work in the laundry.

As the NAAFI closed and all deliveries of milk, bread and fresh produce etc stopped, everyone was forced to live on the troop rations which included tinned toilet paper.

When the danger subsided, Judy decided that she did not want her daughter to be brought up in this manner, or in the nomadic way she had been, Harry agreed and they both left the Army. The birth of her second daughter Melissa in West Runton helped to convince her that she was doing the right thing.

The family lived in Jannys Close and Judy began work in Aylsham as a staff nurse at the Cottage Hospital but when she was offered a job at the old surgery at 18 Market Place as a receptionist/nurse she took it.
Since those early days in 1977, the practice has moved into a purpose-built surgery on the Norwich Road, with Judy as practice nurse for the past 40 years.

Like the surgery, the role of a practice nurse changed and grew over the years encompassing new skills and treatments for the increasing benefits of its patients and Judy has been proud, happy and honoured to be a member of this growing team.

She, along with a colleague, took part in a two-year research project for asthma under the auspices of a Dr Ian Charlton which was published in the British Medical Journal.

Harry died suddenly at the age of 52, leaving Judy bereft at the age of just 48.

But her advice when this story was first published and still is to “live life to the full as you never know what the future may have in store”.

Judy Broomfield

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