Vol­un­teers hon­oured for their long ser­vice

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

IT was time to cel­e­brate for sev­eral staff mem­bers at East Cheshire Hospice re­cently.

At a spe­cial Long Ser­vice Awards cer­e­mony, staff who’ve been work­ing there for 15, 10 or five years were thanked for their on­go­ing con­tri­bu­tion and hard work at the hospice.

Spe­cial badges went to four mem­bers of staff who were cel­e­brat­ing 15 years of ser­vice in­clud­ing health­care as­sis­tant Su­san Kwan; phys­io­ther­a­pist Natalie Nye; art psy­chother­a­pist Fay Mitchell and the ICT man­ager Mike Drew.

Mike said the best thing about work­ing at the hospice is the fact that no two days are ever the same.

“It’s the va­ri­ety of the work I love,” said 58-year-old Mike. “I sup­port staff right across both ad­min­is­tra­tion and med­i­cal ar­eas and I never know what’s go­ing to come up next. Ev­ery day has a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge.”

Mike started off in the fi­nance depart­ment help­ing process do­na­tions but moved into IT a few years later, al­though he ad­mits that things were very dif­fer­ent at that time.

“We only had six com­put­ers which were mainly used for let­ter writ­ing or cal­en­dar shar­ing” he said.

“Now the sys­tem is one of the most ad­vanced in the coun­try and I’m par­tic­u­larly proud of our new pa­tient record-shar­ing sys­tem – EMISWeb – which was in­tro­duced last year and shares pa­tient notes and records se­curely from GPs and other health­care pro­fes­sion­als with our staff.”

Mike and his col­leagues were pre­sented with their long ser­vice awards by the Lord Lieu­tenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, who passed on his thanks to all staff for the won­der­ful work they do.

●● Mike Drew re­ceives his long ser­vice award from Lord Lieu­tenant of Cheshire, David Briggs

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