Rheumatology Nurse Retires After Forty Years

Trust bids farewell to rheumatology nurse after 40 years of dedicated service

After a career in nursing which began in 1983, the Ulster Hospital’s Ruth Mulligan donned her nursing tunic for the last time as friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate her retirement.

Rheumatology nurses Rosemary Henderson and Andrea Gilles paid tribute to their “beloved” colleague and said Ruth will be very much missed on the ward.

Ruth Mulligan, second right, pictured with work colleagues on her retirement after just over 40 years working in rheumatology.

“Ruth has been in the South Eastern Trust since 2016 and has been a nurse for 41 years,” sais Rosemary. “Ruth has been an amazing colleague.

“It is going to be really tough without her. Ruth is such a great team player and so hardworking. This is very much her day.”

Ruth Mulligan pictured at the start of her nursing career.

Ruth said: “I have been a nurse for 41 years and started in the Royal Victoria Hospital in 1983.

“I then moved to Musgrave Park and moved to Rheumatology in 1989 and stayed there ever since.

“I came to the Ulster Hospital eight years ago and this is the best team ever to work with.

“I will miss all my colleagues and I’m just looking forward to having a wee bit of time for myself and spending time with my 10 month old grandson Toby.

“I really have enjoyed my nursing career.”