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‘Vital members of staff’ recognised at awards

Staff who have provided decades of dedicated service to the local NHS were celebrated at Poole Hospital’s Long Service Awards.

The annual event recognises employees who have given 25, 40 – and for the first time this year – 50 years of service.

The staff who were present at the event on Monday (1 April) had a combined 1,253 years of service between them.

A total of 40 staff were given an award for 25 years of service while four celebrated 40 years. Mike Tiller (pictured below), treatment planning dosimetrist in the hospital’s radiotherapy department, was the longest-serving recipient as he collected an award for 50 years.

The recipients were from a wide-range of clinical and non-clinical roles and included doctors, nurses and midwives amongst many other positions. The best represented department was the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, with five staff claiming awards.

This year’s event had an increased significance as the hospital is celebrating 50 years since the current site was built. David Moss, chairman of Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals, presented the awards, describing it as ‘a real honour’.

“It’s been a real privilege being here today,” said David.

“Together these staff must have looked after hundreds of thousands of patients so it’s a real honour to be able to celebrate their decades of dedicated service.

“It’s critical that we have individuals with their experience at the hospital as they know our services inside out.

“They have been, and remain, vital members of staff.”

After the awards presentation, attendees had the chance to share stories over an afternoon tea while a presentation of images of the hospital and staff from the past played.

The event was sponsored by Poole Hospital Charity, which funded the afternoon tea and the trophies.

It took place in the hospital’s boardrooms and was also attended by Debbie Fleming, the hospital’s chief executive and other senior members of staff.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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