A LONG-SERVING hospital worker is to be honoured for 50 years of unbroken service with the NHS at a ceremony.

Helsby’s Angela Edwards MBE achieved the milestone this week and will be joined by co-workers past and present at Halton Hospital in Runcorn tomorrow when she will receive an award in celebration of her service.

The 67-year-old medical education administrator and patient welfare officer works at the Brooker Centre in Runcorn.

Despite being set to retire next February, she still has an active role at the centre.

Angela, of Hallastone Road, Helsby, said: “I am really looking forward to Friday. I don’t know what to expect because everybody wants to keep it as a surprise but it will be great to see some of the people I have worked with over the years again.”

In 2003 Angela was awarded an MBE in recognition of her service to the NHS. And in 2008 she was a special guest at a 10 Downing Street reception to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

Angela was one of just nine ‘outstanding’ NHS employees invited and she received a personal thank you from then Prime Minister Gordon Brown for her service to the NHS.

Angela’s outstanding career began in 1961 at the former Crossley Hospital in Frodsham when it was a tuberculosis sanatorium.

She said: “I have enjoyed just about every minute of my working life and met some wonderful friends, I will certainly miss it.

“I have worked in the NHS a very long time and witnessed many changes – but one thing that hasn't changed is the total dedication of the people I work with.”