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Retirements Not Bitter Pill To Swallow

10 August 2017

A pharmacist at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has swapped her days of dealing with medication for the blank canvas of retired life as she became the owner of an art gallery.

Clinical Lead Pharmacist Anne Sheen, 58, worked at Wigan Infirmary after spending 34 years at Trust and 37 years in the NHS.

Anne, who also worked at Leigh Infirmary, said: “We work out of the wards. When I went to university clinical pharmacy was only just starting. After I qualified I helped set up the service here and now it’s just the norm that you do clinical work on the wards with the doctors.

“I’ll miss the people I work with; they are brilliant, and the people on the wards. I know so many people now and will really, really miss them.”

Mother-of-three grown-up sons, Anne isn’t planning to rest on her laurels though and has already moved to Yorkshire where she is planning her new life with husband Mark.

She said: “We have bought Whitby Galleries so we are going to move over there to run that. We have been going over there for years and years and knew the previous owners as we buy lots of art. I’m starting again doing something totally different and it will be a new chapter. It will just be a much more relaxed way of life.

Also retiring on the same day from the pharmacy at Wigan Infirmary was Senior Assistant Technical Officer Bernard Holding.

Bernard, 65, of Hindley Green, came to the Trust 17 years ago after leaving his job as a weaver at textile firm Courtaulds.

He said: “I have enjoyed my job and have worked with some lovely people. I now have lots of jobs to catch up on at home and I will be spending two weeks in Tenerife in October.”

Father-of-two grown-up sons, Bernard, who used to be on the organising committee of Leigh Carnival, is also a keen amateur actor. He will be treading the boards in Frankenstein a Monster Panto, for Lowton Operatic and Dramatic Society (L.O.A.D.S.) in November, playing the part of Dracula.