West Mid's very first 'nurse of the year' Louis Zzisinga has retired after 19 years of service.
Originally from Uganda, Louis undertook his his nurse training at West Middlesex Hospital when he came to England in the 60s, before returning to his home country to help train other nurses.
However after settling in Heston with his wife of over 30 years, was drawn back to the hospital in 1990 where he remained for almost two decades.
Dr John Platt, who worked closely with Louis, said: “His leaving will be keenly felt by all staff in the Marjory Warren Unit. I wish him every success, happiness and health in the next stage of his life.”
Louis has four children, two of whom have also followed him down the nursing route and four grandchildren, and has contributed immensely to the care of older people, latterly as ward manager on Kew ward.
A hospital spokesman said: "He knew every detail about his patients and continued to provide hands-on care despite acquiring ward management demands. Louis was renowned for his kindness and calming influence.
"He was described by staff on Kew as a brilliant nurse and as a an irreplaceable colleague who was self effacing and embodied the key qualities of kindness, capability, knowledge and endurance."