Hard-working NHS community nurses have been celebrated for their long service.

A total of 69 nurses received the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland award for their significant contributions to local healthcare.

The presentation took place in the Sanctuary at University Hospital Wishaw.

The award, constituted in 1889 to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee celebrations, recognises nurses who have served for more than 21 years in the community.

The recipients, some of whom have been in the job for more than 40 years, represented diverse roles such as district nursing, mental health, health visiting, treatment rooms and sexual health.

Jacqueline Meek, registered general nurse at University Health & Social Care North Lanarkshire, said: "I'm really honoured to have been put forward for this long service award - it means a lot to me.

"Over my 40 years career the highlights have been getting this award and also being able to pass my knowledge and skills onto other newly qualified staff nurses and young students coming through.

"I would encourage anyone to go into nursing as it's very rewarding and fulfilling."

Trudi Marshall, nurse director at University Health & Social Care North Lanarkshire, said: "I’m incredibly proud of our wonderful nurses we’re celebrating, they bring so much expertise and experience to their roles.

"All of our nurses always go the extra mile to deliver person-centred care and support people in their own homes and in clinics.

"The commitment and dedication shown by the 69 nurses we are celebrating sums up the important roles nurses play in caring for the people of North Lanarkshire.

“Not only do their patients gain from their skills, but they are also true role models for other nurses who are building up their skills and carrying out great work every day.”