Arthur Levin Day Surgery Unit staff nurse Betty Ward, centre, with, from left, matron Julie Calton, chief nurse Emma Hardwick, senior sister Judith Spalding and junior sister Caroline Bush.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital nurse Betty Ward has celebrated a 50-year career milestone.

Mrs Ward, a staff nurse in the day surgery unit at the King’s Lynn hospital, for 20 years, has been praised for her dedication and long service.

QEH chief nurse Emma Hardwick said: “Betty is still caring and sharing her wisdom and passion. She’s an amazing role model.”

Colleagues helped her to celebrate her golden landmark and she was also thanked on behalf of the hospital’s trust.

Mrs Ward, 68, who has no plans to retire, said: “I said right from the start I wanted to do 50 years. I’ve done that now but I’m not going to stop. It’s the job that keeps you younger.”

Mrs Ward started nursing training on May 13, 1968 as an 18-year-old.

One of her career highlights was during time spent at a Littleport residential home for young people with Huntington’s disease.

“While I was there the faulty gene which causes Huntington’s was discovered. I used to take my residents to Addenbrooke’s for the research which led to that. That was a brilliant time,” she said.

Married to Geoff, Mrs Ward, who switched to her staff nurse role when the Gayton Road hospital’s day surgery opened, said she loved working as a team.

“It’s brilliant teamwork and they look after me,” she said.