Friends, family and colleagues said goodbye to a much admired member of the Maternity team who retired over Christmas.
Val Bottril, enjoyed a special send off after finishing her last shift in the Maternity Unit at the George Eliot after 40 years as a nurse.
A celebration in Drayton Ward marked the retirement of Mrs Bottril who will be greatly missed by her colleagues.
Val started working as a nurse in Nuneaton after training in London and working briefly at the Walsgrave Hospital. Val worked for many years at the George Eliot as a midwife delivering numerous babies over the years. Recently Val had been a ward sister on Drayton Ward.
Nuneaton resident Val has had the opportunity to see some of the babies she has delivered over the years grow up and will miss her extremely important work as a senior member of the maternity team at the George Eliot.
Val said: "My time at the George Eliot has been a ball. I have loved working here and delivering babies to many mums in the maternity hospital"
"I don't plan to enjoy a quiet retirement. I will be supporting my local church, playing golf, singing and volunteering at the Mary Ann Evans Hospice and local foodbank."
Head of Midwifery, Alison Talbot: "Val will be greatly missed by the team here at the Maternity Unit. She was a dedicated midwife and important member of the team for many years."