Over 800 years’ service
18 June 2018
Thirty two members of the maternity and gynaecology team at Southend University Hospital have worked in the NHS for 25 years or more and celebrated with an afternoon tea.
One of those receiving thanks was Lesley Eldridge, 65 from
Leigh-on-Sea, a Clinical Nurse Specialist on the Early Pregnancy
Lesley started her State Enrolled Nurse (SEN) training in 1985,
qualifying in 1987 and initially worked at Rochford Hospital before
transferring to Southend when the maternity and gynaecological
services moved there.
She's had varied roles in the same area of care over the years
including a SEN on the gynaecology ward, completed her conversion
course to become a Registered General Nurse, worked as a staff
nurse, a sister and now a Clinical Nurse Specialist. One thing has
been a constant though, Lesley's passion.
Lesley said: "I enjoy working at Southend Hospital because over
the years I have been able to help to build, provide and maintain a
friendly, safe, welcoming, dedicated service to women.
"In my unit we see many women who have
experienced pregnancy loss and my aim is to help and support
these women and their partners through a very difficult and
distressing period in their lives. In the unit we are committed to
the wellbeing of women and providing the best service possible. I
feel it is very important that we are able to build continuity of
care with our patients.
"On days when the ward and unit are very busy it is the
camaraderie and caring attitude of other staff that help us all get
through the shift. I have been fortunate to make some lifelong
friends during my many years of service in the hospital."
The afternoon included tea, a copious amount of cake and trips
down memory lane. Each staff member was presented with a thank you
card, individually hand written by the Interim Head of Midwifery
& Gynaecology, Lesley Overy, and a small box of chocolates as a
memento from the day.
Lesley Overy, said: "I sent a personal invitation to each member
of staff, requesting their company at the event in recognition of
their incredible commitment to the NHS.
"They truly are a dedicated team and newly qualified staff are
always commenting how much they learn from those like Lesley and
the rest of this group who have so much experience and knowledge to
share. It's great to see it passed onto the next generation of
nurses and midwives who one day might be stood here celebrating
their 25 years' service."