West Mid Hospital Salutes Long Servers

Staff clocked up over 900 years between them

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The commitment of staff who have clocked up over 900 years of service between them was celebrated at West Middlesex University Hospital on Wednesday 5 February.

The annual Long Service Awards recognise and reward staff members who have put in over ten years of service.

56 employees attended the event after achieving one of the significant milestones of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 years and 40 years.

Diane Pursglove from Chiswick has worked in the hospital pharmacy department for 30 years. She said: “Funnily enough I started here in a temporary position, since then I have worked with many people and have made a lot of good friends. I have seen the hospital change a lot and I have also had a few family members work here over the years; there have been many good times, and some sad times but on the whole, I have enjoyed my time here. “

Jacqueline Docherty DBE, Chief Executive, spoke at the awards of the strong sense of teamwork across the hospital and the wide range of roles which play an important part in patients receiving safe, excellent care which is demonstrated by the positive patient feedback we have received recently.

Nina Singh , Director of Workforce and Development, said: “ West Middlesex is a hospital where many staff choose to stay with us and form part of the local community. That’s quite special for a London hospital and we hope to preserve that. We see the importance of formally recognising the achievements and loyalty of our workforce and this ceremony gives us the opportunity to publicly thank staff and acknowledge the service they have given over many years.”

Edwin Dela Cruz from Isleworth has been at West Middlesex for ten years, he started here as a ward manager in AMU before becoming Head of Faculty of Nursing three years ago. He said: “This is my local hospital and it is a friendly place to work, I definitely see myself retiring here.”

Joseph Machado from Hayes has worked as a Healthcare Assistant on Osterley ward for ten years, he said:”I still enjoy the challenges of the job and working with some many different people each day.”

Susan Nugent from Isleworth was collecting her award for over 15 years service as a midwife. She actually started her midwifery career at West Middlesex over 30 years ago before taking a break to raise her two daughters who were both born here. She said: “I came back to the Trust in 1998 as a neonatal nurse and returned to practice midwifery a year later; my colleagues are all very friendly and I really enjoy my work as a community midwife.”

Karen Beck from Teddington has worked as a midwife at West Middlesex for over twenty years and is now midwife on the new dedicated homebirth team. She said: “I trained as a midwife at West Middlesex and then went on to have both of my children here. I’ve always found West Mid a friendly place to work and have enjoyed being able to specialise and promote breastfeeding and home birth.”

February 7, 2014