Local health veteran passes away


A Queenstown nursing legend affectionately known as ‘Brem’ has died at the age of 81. 

Isobel Bremner passed away last Friday at Frankton’s Lakes District Hospital, where she worked for 40 years. 

‘Brem’ graduated from night duty nurse to hospital boss and was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 1989, the same year the overdue new LDH opened. 

However three years later she took early retirement in exchange for a confidential settlement agreement with her Invercargill-based health board bosses. 

‘Brem’ told Mountain Scene in 1992 that the settlement agreement was welcome “but I’ve not been paid for what I believe has been the harassment, victimisation and heartbreak of the last 11 months”. 

In her retirement ‘Brem’ was active in both the International Training in Communication organisation and as a Citizens Advice Bureau volunteer.
“Although ‘Brem’ had a gruff exterior, she had a heart of gold underneath,” friend Joan Allan says.
“She had a fantastic command of the English language and was really well-read.” 

‘Brem’ is survived by her children Michelle and Michael – husband Stanley died two years ago.