An emotional farewell for Joan

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A CARDIAC rehab nurse-cum-health visitor based at Garioch Sports Centre is saying an emotional farewell as she retires after nine years.

Joan Thain (59) who has thoroughly enjoyed her role explained: “I’m very sad to leave, I love what I do, but I’m stopping work to look after my mother who has advanced dementia.”

Joan, who is employed by NHS Grampian, said she began the cardiac rehab programme as a pilot project originally, and because it was so successful, the NHS decided to fund it.

The programme runs for eight weeks offering exercise, education and relaxation to all those who have suffered a heart attack or heart surgery helping patients from Ellon to Dyce, Bucksburn, Inverurie, Alford, Huntly and Rhynie.

Joan continued: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of these people’s lives for a short period and to be able to influence their health and improve their fitness and behaviour.

“It is a very positive programme - patients come in anxious and scared. They are unsure about their abilities but after the eight weeks it’s encouraging to see the changes they have made in their health and their outlook.

“I am a very emotional person and had circumstances been different, I would have worked on. The programme crosses all boundaries, you meet people from all walks of life which is a lovely mix.”

Joan will move to Buckie where she will become the full time carer of her mother, supported by her two sisters.