It is the end of an era on Friday 16 March as married couple Steve and Lesley Royal retire after working at Dewsbury and District Hospital for almost 30 years.
Steve started his career at Dewsbury hospital on 20 September 1989 as a driver, transporting supplies and medical equipment between local services, before joining the Stores team as a Stores Clerk where he has worked ever since.
Lesley Royal started working in the hospital three years later in February 1992 as a General Secretary in Pathology. After three years she moved on to become a full time medical secretary in the Haematology department at Dewsbury and District Hospital.
The couple were introduced to each other through their colleagues and went for their very first date on a lunch break. They have now been happily married for over 23 years.
Steve Royal said: “We’ve both really enjoyed our time at Dewsbury Hospital. I’m really going to miss the Stores team. We’ve always pulled together and got through every change and challenge. They are a great team and I will miss the camaraderie.”
Lesley added: “I would recommend the Trust to anyone, I’ve enjoyed my career and worked with some extremely dedicated colleagues across all departments over the years.”
They are kicking off their retirement as they mean to go on, heading off on a Mediterranean cruise in May and are looking forward to another holiday abroad after that. They also plan to spend more time with their family, gardening, reading and country side walks with their son’s dog Ernie.
Martin Barkley, Chief Executive, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said; “Steve and Lesley have given loyal and dedicated service for many years and will be missed very much by their friends and colleagues across the Trust.
“We would like to wish them both well for a long and happy retirement and thank them for their contribution to Dewsbury and District Hospital.”