De­voted hos­pi­tal staff hon­oured

Long serv­ing health employees pre­sented with bou­quets as part of cel­e­bra­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­

HAREFIELD Hos­pi­tal has cel­e­brated the long ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion of 41 of its employees.

The staff mem­bers, who have given 25 years or more ser­vice each, were hon­oured in De­cem­ber to cap off a suc­cess­ful cen­te­nary year for the spe­cial­ist heart and lung hos­pi­tal.

Jane Bux­ton, who joined in 1985 and is now a prac­tice ed­u­ca­tor in the adult sur­gi­cal unit, was pre­sented with a colour­ful bou­quet of flow­ers from her col­leagues.

She said: “It’s a very nice way to end the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions and the fact that this many peo­ple have been here this length of time shows there is some­thing spe­cial about Harefield.

“I’ve al­ways felt proud to work here – there’s nowhere quite like it.”

Alison Pot­tle, con­sul­tant nurse a in car­di­ol­ogy, said: “We imag­ine that the pro­por­tion of staff who have stayed here for 25 years is higher than in other NHS trusts.”

Nick Hunt, site di­rec­tor for Harefield Hos­pi­tal, told the group that they will be given badges to mark their achieve­ment.

Irene Ash­pole started work­ing at the hos­pi­tal as a tea lady in 1971 and later trained to be an aux­il­iary nurse.

She went on to be­come a se­nior sis­ter and ma­tron and now, in semire­tire­ment she works as a staff nurse again.

Irene said: “When I started my chil­dren were ba­bies, but now I’ve got grand­chil­dren. It’s nice to have gained the knowl­edge from all the roles I’ve done and it’s a lovely place to work.”

Sa­man­tha Der­land, who joined as a staff nurse in 1989 and worked her way up to be­come sis­ter, paid trib­ute to the com­mu­nity feel at Harefield, adding: “It feels like I’ve got a lot of friends here rather than col­leagues.”

Neil Leaver, con­sul­tant head of the im­muno­sup­pres­sion mon­i­tor­ing ser­vice lab­o­ra­tory, started in 1988 as a se­nior bio­chemist.

He said: “It’s been very in­ter­est­ing watch­ing the hos­pi­tal evolve, par­tic­u­larly the trans­plant pro­gramme.

“We were the first lab to use mass spec­trom­e­try, a tech­nique which iden­ti­fies the amount and type of drugs in pa­tient sam­ples, so it’s nice to see other hos­pi­tals now us­ing it. I still enjoy my job af­ter all this time.”

Se­nior sis­ter Kate Allen, who has nearly com­pleted 25 years at Harefield, is fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her par­ents who met while work­ing at the hos­pi­tal.

n CEL­E­BRAT­ING: Harefield Hos­pi­tal staff who have been there for 25 years or more were hon­oured for their long ser­vice

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