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Saturday, 25 October 2014

John earns a rest after 41 years with the NHS

IT WILL be the end of an era for NHS Dumfries & Galloway when John Glover, its head of communications, retires next Monday.

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John Glover

John, who was born and bred in Langholm, has worked for the National Health Service for an amazing 41 and a half years. His final working day was last Friday.

John has served in many managerial roles. After a spell in Glasgow where he worked at the Western Infirmary, Belvidere and Gartnavel General Hospitals, he started his career with the NHS in Dumfries in 1975 as deputy unit administrator, based in the Crichton Royal Hospital.

From there, he moved to the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where he was deputy administrator for DGRI, Cresswell and Nithbank. As manager, support services, for the acute, long-stay and maternity unit, he also assumed responsibility for all community hospitals from Langholm to Kirkcudbright.

He became administrative services manager/board secretary for the Dumfries and Galloway Acute and Maternity Hospitals NHS Trust in 1993

For the past 10 years John has served as head of communications.

John has been an extremely popular colleague in the organisation and will be missed by friends and colleagues alike.

Jeff Ace, chief executive, said: "I would like to say a massive thank you to John for all his hard work, loyalty and effort over the years.

"He has been at the forefront of responding to and dealing with hundreds of public events, incidents, scenarios and developments. He is a person who can always been relied upon for his friendly and reliable manner and will be greatly missed. This is definitely the end of an era."

A special celebration will take place in the Duncan Rooms on January 19. It will be an evening of entertainment, supper and a few surprises. John would love to see everyone there.

If anyone would like tickets for this event, contact Ashley Henderson at the communications department or buy tickets at the general office in the DGRI. They cost £25.

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