1,400 years of service honoured at hospital trust’s Long Service Awards
A staggering 1,400 years of NHS service by 54 members of staff from Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust has been honoured at a Long Service Awards ceremony.
Members of staff who work for the trust received awards for either 25 or 40 years of service, hard work and commitment to Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and the Alexandra Hospital.
Those receiving an award were invited to bring a guest to share in their special day and enjoy afternoon tea. The Long Service Awards were held at Chateau Impney on Thursday 29 September.
Patrick Gaffney, Senior Orthopaedic Practitioner from St Johns in Worcester, has worked for the trust for 40 years. He said: “I can say without a doubt that working for the NHS in Worcestershire has changed my life. Helping people with broken bones, setting casts and splints knowing they will heal and get better is so satisfying and rewarding.
“My place of work may have changed, but the attitude of my colleagues hasn’t - we all work part of a team and do all we can to create a warm friendly atmosphere for patients. I love the people I work with and what I do. Working in this job is a vocation and I look forward to many more good years.”
Michelle Franklin, Estates Clerical Officer at the Alexandra Hospital, said: “Working at the Alex is very worthwhile and rewarding, there’s a real sense of community here and it’s good to know you’re working for the good of local people.
"Twenty five years is a long time, and I couldn’t have done it unless I really enjoyed my job. Working in this department means I interact with lots of different healthcare professionals and non-clinical staff who help to keep the hospital running. I’m proud to work here and the colleagues I’ve worked with throughout that time have been wonderful."
Chris Tidman, Chief Executive for Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust, said: “Our hospitals have a very special place in people’s hearts - they are not businesses or factories – they are very special places, and it’s a privilege to be part of a workforce providing quality healthcare services in the community.
“My priority is that our staff are recognised and feel valued for the amazing work that they do. These awards demonstrate the commitment each person has made over the years and what they continue to do for the trust. I congratulate them all on reaching such a tremendous milestone.”
Members of staff were presented with a glass trophy for 40 years of service, or a silver paperweight for 25 years of service.
The Long Service Awards were created by the trust to recognise, acknowledge and congratulate the exemplary work carried out by staff across each of its three hospital sites.