A HELSBY woman’s 47 years unbroken service to local hospitals will feature in a special book celebrating the dedication of “extraordinary” NHS employees.
Former medical secretary Angela Edwards is now medical education administrator and patient welfare officer at the Brooker Centre in Runcorn, and her story will appear for posterity in the book being compiled by the Department of Health to mark this year’s 60th anniversary of the NHS.
Angela, 64, said she was “delighted” to be one of 60 employees whose personal stories will appear in the book to be launched at the NHS National Conference in November.
Angela, who lives in Hallastone Road, Helsby, joined the NHS in 1961 as a medical secretary at the former Crossley Hospital in Frodsham, when it was a tuberculosis sanitorium.
As TB was eradicated, the hospital went through various specialisms, culminating in it becoming a psychiatric hospital. Angela supported all the doctors and nurses throughout this period.
She was also personally responsible for disposing of all hospital furniture and equipment and eventually closing Crossley Hospital in 1988.
At this point, Angela transferred to Dutton Hospital as patient services manager and was later asked to return to the old Crossley Hospital site to help commission the opening of Kingswood Hall Nursing Home which had been built in the grounds.
When Dutton Hospital closed in 1992, Angela transferred to the Pine Day Unit at Halton General Hospital in Runcorn, returning to her original occupation as medical secretary before continuing her career at the Brooker Centre.
She said she was still enjoying her full-time work and had no plans to retire.
Five years ago Angela was made an MBE for Services to the NHS, and earlier this month she received a personal “thank you” from Prime Minister Gordon Brown when she attended an exclusive Downing Street reception to celebrate the NHS’s milestone anniversary.