Devoted hospital staff honoured
Long serving health employees presented with bouquets as part of celebration
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