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Committed carers celebrate long service with the NHS

Published 02/12/2014

Derby Hospitals has celebrated some of its most dedicated workers at its annual Long Service Awards.

Staff who had hit both 25 and 40-year milestones were last night (December 1) recognised at a ceremony, held at the Lecture Theatre, in the Royal Derby Hospital’s education centre.

More than 80 staff members were awarded for reaching 25 years with the NHS and around a dozen more were honoured for forging a 40-year career in healthcare.

Workers being recognised include midwives, nurses, porters, gardeners, IT staff and specialist clinicians.

Among those receiving the 40-year accolade was Lynne Ayre, a community midwife who said she had seen plenty of changes over the years.

She said: “I can remember weighing babies on spring-loaded weighing scales when I first started. I was always asked, at first, if I was old enough to be a midwife.

“And as I’ve got older, I’ve delivered babies, only to realise I’d helped deliver their mothers or fathers. It’s a strange thing but wonderful.

“I’ve had such an interesting career.”

Sue James, Chief Executive of Derby Hospitals, said: “There is such a diversity of staff here, so many different roles and people but all of them have shown such commitment and dedication over such a long period of time.

“We thank them all for their work and I am delighted to be able to recognise their efforts in this way.”

Last Modified 02/12/2014