Derbyshire health staff clock up the years

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DERBY Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has honoured 246 employees who have worked for the NHS for 20, 25, 30 and 35 years at a Long Service Awards ceremony.

Now an annual event, these awards celebrate the achievements of those who have dedicated their careers to helping and supporting people living locally.

With more than 6,000 years’ of NHS service between them, they have a wealth of experience and some wonderful memories.

Chief executive of Derby Hospitals, Sue James, along with Karen Martin, director of workforce management, presented each winner with a badge and a certificate in recognition of their hard work and commitment.

Sue James said: “The Long Service Awards are an opportunity to thank our staff for dedicating their careers to the NHS. It really is an achievement and we are pleased to acknowledge and celebrate their commitment to their work with these awards. Together, their skills have contributed to providing care and support for the people of Derbyshire for the last 35 years.

“Today patients are treated and seen more quickly than ever before. Ten years ago it was commonplace to wait 18 months for hospital treatment. Now you are seen and treated in the hospital in a maximum of 18 weeks. This is because we have fantastic skilled staff who are dedicated to working and caring for our patients.”

As they collected their long service awards, the staff reminisced about days gone by – and how much the NHS has changed.

Barbara Young, service manager for breast services received her long service award for 35 years, but actually has 44 years’ service, said: “The technical changes I have seen in the field of radiography have been amazing. We have gone from wet developing of x-ray films, which we had to do in dark rooms and took about 20 minutes to produce an image, to the use of digital equipment that takes an image which can be seen in about 20 seconds. For me, the things that have never changed are the great people I have always worked with, and the overall good responses we get back from our patients.”