STAFF in the eye department at Salisbury District Hospital bade farewell to staff nurse Penny Browning, who has retired after 36 years of NHS service.

Mrs Browning started her career at Salisbury General Infirmary in 1972 before leaving in 1989.

She returned in 1995 shortly after the opening of Salisbury District Hospital, and ended her career in the eye clinic.

Peter Hill, chief executive at Salisbury District Hospital said: "Over the years Penny has been a hard-working and valued member of our ophthalmology team who worked tirelessly in setting up and supporting services for patients who have very poor vision.

“Penny led the team in the Warminster eye clinic’s fundraising efforts to buy a scanner for patients with macular degeneration, so that they could receive this treatment closer to home.

“I know that Penny will be missed by the hospital, her patients and colleagues and we wish her well in her retirement.”