Long-serving staff at the James Paget University Hospital were formally recognised for providing decades of dedicated patient care – totalling more than 6700 years.
More than 190 staff received a certificate, paperweight and badge for completing either 25 or 40 years’ service at the hospital during presentation ceremonies held this week.
Also recognised were 47 staff who had clocked up similar levels of service both at the Paget and other NHS organisations.
It is the first time that the Trust has staged long service awards, which were hosted by Trust Chief Executive Christine Allen and Chairman David Wright in the hospital’s Burrage Centre.
“Our staff are committed to providing high quality care and go the extra mile for our patients – and it is their dedication which has resulted in us being rated as a ‘good’ hospital by the Care Quality Commission,” said Christine.
“To give 25 or 40 years of service is a significant achievement. It is important that staff are recognised for the care they have provided for so many thousands of patients – and for making our hospital such a special place to work.”
Among those receiving their awards were Claire Martin, Maria Jarvis, Johanna Nash and Ann-Marie Wood, who are all specialist nurses in the hospital’s pain management team.
Together, they have given 111 years’ service at the James Paget, helping patients manage their pain and advising the staff who care for them.
Claire, who is the Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “It was great to have our service recognised in this way and made the whole team feel valued. We are really proud to work at the Paget.”