‘Golden girls’ video fun helps hos­pi­tal bosses re­cruit nurses

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

APAIR of nurses who have worked to­gether for 46 years have shared their ex­pe­ri­ences in a bid to re­cruit the next gen­er­a­tion.

Anne Starkie and Jane Kelly, both 64, met as stu­dent nurses at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal in 1969 and be­came friends. They went sep­a­rate ways to work in dif­fer­ent wards but came back to­gether 15 years ago when Jane told Anne about a po­si­tion with her in theatre re­cov­ery, help­ing pa­tients af­ter oper­a­tions. They are now a for­mi­da­ble team nick­named ‘the Golden Girls’ - and are never short of ways to in­ject a bit of fun and put pa­tients at ease.

When chief ex­ec­u­tive John Wil­bra­ham heard about their long ser­vice he met up with the friends to con­grat­u­late them. He asked them to be part of a video to re­cruit new nurses.

Anne, a grand­mother of five who lives with hus­band Tris on Robin Lane, Lyme Green, said: “It came as a huge sur­prise to man­age­ment that we had been there for so long.

“We shared our views of by­gone days and what as young nurses ex­pected of us.

“We were glad to take part in the video.

“There’s a lot of doom and gloom around the NHS but we wanted to show we still love our jobs and Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal is a great place to be. We wanted to bring what we know to the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.

“Jane and I al­ways try to have fun. Jane is the back­bone of the re­cov­ery depart­ment and ev­ery­one loves her. Ev­ery­one needs a Jane.

“We may re­tire next year but it will be to­gether. We came in to­gether and will go out to­gether.”


Anne worked nights as a young nurse while car­ing for her three chil­dren, be­fore later mov­ing to ortho­pe­dics. Jane has worked her whole ca­reer in theatre re­cov­ery.

They took their NHS pen­sions three years ago but con­tinue to work two days a week.

They have spo­ken about how nurs­ing has changed. Anne’s salary was just over £1,100 when she qual­i­fied in 1974.

She said: “As stu­dent nurses we were on the ward from day one, it was mar­vel­lous, but now it’s so dif­fer­ent and is about get­ting the right de­gree. It was very strict.

“Ma­tron had a maid who used to light the fire and make break­fast for her.

“When we made the beds the crease had to be down the mid­dle of the sheet, the pil­low cases fac- ing away from the door and the wheels of the bed straight, ready for ma­tron to in­spect.”

●● Anne Starkie and Jane Kelly have both worked for 46 years as nurses at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal

●● Sit­ting on steps of the nurses home’ as 18-year-old stu­dents. Jane is on the right of the back row and Anne is sec­ond left on the front row.

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