When some of our staff first started working at St Hugh’s Hospital, John Major was Prime Minister, Dolly the sheep was born and Take That broke thousands of hearts when they announced their break-up.
That was 25 years ago… back in the present day, a special awards ceremony has been held to honour our long-serving staff and our Chief Executive, Tony Barrett was on hand to present the awards.
From admin to surgery, they work in all aspects of the hospital, contributing to the success it is today.
Angela Breeze, PA to the hospital’s director, has been given an award for 25 years’ service, although she actually began working for St Hugh’s in about 1994 as a bank receptionist. Two years later she joined the team on a contract.
“I applied for the bank role after seeing an advert in the local paper and thought it would be a good way to start back at work as my children were only young – aged two and four at the time,” she recalled. “Also being bank, it was just ad-hoc shifts, mainly on a weekend, which suited me at that time, and I liked the idea of working in a hospital. Having worked in banking previously, I also enjoyed the interaction with people and customer service, which I knew St Hugh’s was renowned for.
“I also knew of St Hugh’s as my mum had been a patient many years before at the old site when the nuns were there. I remember going to visit my mum in hospital at about the age of eight, I think, and being quite apprehensive around the nuns.
“I have stayed at St Hugh’s because we are like an extended family, and I like the ethos of the organisation as well as still enjoying my work – I must do, having stayed this long! I have certainly seen some changes over the years and have worked with seven different hospital directors.
“When I was at school I always wanted to travel and thought about being a holiday rep! It was a bit of a different job back then to what it is now, I think. I asked my daughters the question of what they thought I would do if I could choose a dream job – anything in the world – and the answer was ‘a sun lounger and cocktail tester on a beautiful sunny beach somewhere’!
“I would encourage anybody thinking of applying to St Hugh’s to definitely go for it. HMT (Hospital Management Trust, which runs St Hugh’s) is a forward-thinking company, committed to ‘growing their own’ – whether that is clinically with school leavers and college students first thinking about a nursing career, to those considering an admin role which could potentially go on to management. There are always opportunities to grow and pursue your career.”
Congratulations to Angela on her quarter-century long-service award, and to our colleagues celebrating, too. Here she is back in the day around 1995, when she first started working at St Hughs.
Here is the rollcall in full:
25 YEARS: Nicola Bradley, medical secretary; Rachel Johnson, endoscopy team leader; Angela Breeze, PA.
20 YEARS: Mavis Stark, theatres cleaner.
15 YEARS: Rachel Hargreaves, endoscopy senior staff nurse; Emma parker, treatment bookings.
10 YEARS: Chantelle Nielson, stores clerk; Kevin Parker, porter.
5 YEARS: Liz Anderson, endoscopy staff nurse; Andrea Beasley, theatre manager; Nat Borrell, ward support worker; Karen Coxall, catering hostess; Jill Ellis, housekeeper; Katy Fisher, medical secretary; Alan Johnson, physio; Laurie Moor, theatres scrub; Helena Preston, ward support worker; Kristina Read, cook.
3 YEARS: Laura Allison, outpatients support worker; Dave Beasley, porter; Jodie Fenwick, stores manager; Charlytte Hutton, receptionist; Tarique Khan, finance controller.