3,750 years of service!
More than 50 colleagues at St Richard’s, Worthing, Southlands and the Crawley sexual health service celebrated over 30 years with the NHS at Long Service Awards buffet lunches held over the last week.
Long Service Awards are designed to recognise career highpoints, friendships and accomplishments.
Colleagues currently working at Western Sussex Hospitals were congratulated for their outstanding service across the decades by trust chairman Alan McCarthy and managing director Amanda Fadero.
It’s a privilege to thank them for 30 years of putting patients first.
Alan said: “Our hospitals are loved and respected by the local community as well as nationally. And it’s because of the work they put in day in and day out that makes our trust what it is today.
“It’s a privilege to thank them for 30 years of putting patients first.”
One of those recognised was Lynette Simpson, a deputy sister on Eastbrook ward who brought in a Worthing and Southlands information leaflet, given to her in 1980, showcasing the different career prospects available.
The leaflet included details on becoming a nurse, which required you to have five O Levels in order to become a student.
Once qualified, they could choose to be either a staff nurse, ward sister, midwife or community nurse.
Lynette said: “I remember them making the brochure and handing it to us, I can’t believe that I still have it! Seeing other colleagues looking at the booklet fondly and reliving their memories of Worthing and Southlands has been lovely.”
Worthing Emergency Floor ward manager, Ann Sherman, said: “I have really enjoyed being part of a team and some of those that started with me 30 years ago I still keep in touch with today.
“As a nurse, you go through your bad times along with your good ones but being part of a team is something I cherish most.”
Consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Mr Khin Maung Nyunt, added: “For me, there are so many stories, but my fondest memories are simply the patients I interact with. That is what surgeons should treasure most – talking to patients.”
Overall, 125 colleagues marked their 30th anniversary with Western Sussex Hospitals this year, which amounts to an astounding 3,750 years of combined service.
Those who were unable to attend the celebratory lunches will also receive their certificate, commemorating their long and distinguished service to the NHS.