More than 3,700 years of dedication to patients in Mid Yorkshire were celebrated at an awards ceremony held to say thank you to long-serving members of staff.
More than 50 people were at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s Long Service Awards, with 14 of those people having worked for the Trust’s hospitals for more than 40 years.
Others, who included consultants, nurses, midwives, health visitors, HR staff, housekeepers, facilities staff and more, had been with the Trust for 25 years.
Jules Preston MBE, Chair of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The number of people who have benefitted from your care will number millions.”
Speaking at the event held at the Trust’s Headquarters and Education Centre at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, Mr Preston added: “Whether you have been here 25 years or for 40 years, you will have seen so many at this hospital and across the NHS.
“The NHS will always change. We have to be in a position to offer excellent services. What you have achieved is significant in terms of patient care.”
Among those at the ceremony were Lorraine Slater, a community staff nurse. She joined the service in 1997 as a healthcare assistant. She said: “The NHS is changing all the time, but I think the camaraderie here and the people are the best things about this trust.
“I think working for the NHS is something to be very proud of.”