625 years of service recognised at Airedale Hospital
The longest serving members of staff, with 625 years of service between them, were presented with awards today, to mark and celebrate their commitment and service to Airedale Hospital.
24 members of staff, all with at least 25 years’ continuous service, received their awards from Chief Executive, Bridget Fletcher, in thanks for their dedication to the hospital and the NHS. Each member of staff received a £50 voucher, a certificate to acknowledge their long service and joined the Chairman and Director of Human Resources for the annual celebratory lunch.
Kaye Hammond and Lynne Sunshine both started at Airedale in 1983.
Kaye, who lives in Ingleton, started as a nursing assistant at Castleberg Hospital. She now works as part of the community district nursing team and says: “Time has absolutely flown by. I love my job – I work with a great team and I love working in the community. I look after people now whose parents I nursed at Castleberg, and it’s great to think that I’ve cared for generations of the same family.”
Lynne, from Crosshills, began her Airedale career as a nursing auxiliary on ward 3 at Airedale General and is now a phlebotomist, doing blood tests both on site at Airedale and out at Skipton Hospital and Keighley health centre. “Airedale has always been good to me,” she says. “I’ve had some bumpy times in my life and have had nothing but support from the Trust. That’s why I’ve stayed 34 years – I’m proud of the hospital and won’t let anyone knock it.”
Nick Parker, Director of Human Resources and Workforce at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“Our people are what make our service for our patients. The dedication and expertise of these staff is very much appreciated, not only by the Trust but also by our local community. These awards allow us recognise their commitment to providing an excellent service for all our patients and give us an opportunity to personally thank them for reaching such an important milestone.”