Volunteers honoured for their long service
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