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National PA Day

Poole Hospital’s hard-working PAs and secretaries were honoured at a special celebratory event held today, Tuesday 8 October, to mark National PA Day.

A group of Poole Hospital PAsThe hospital employs 170 PAs (personal assistants) and secretaries, all of whom play a vital role in ensuring the trust maintains the highest standards of service to patients. The trust’s longest serving PA has been in post for an amazing 39 years.

Over 70 staff attended the special ‘thank you’ event, which was supported by local businesses and included a buffet lunch and cream tea, vouchers from Hotel du Vin, pampering treats courtesy of Clarins and free passes from Fitness First.

Angela Schofield, chairman of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “PAs and secretaries play a vital role in the day to day running of a busy hospital like ours. Like many staff, they work quietly and tirelessly behind the scenes and rarely receive recognition, so we were delighted to take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to them all.”

Tracey Preddy, PA to matrons Geoffrey Walker and Val Horn, was one of those attending the event and commented: “It’s lovely to be acknowledged for the hard work that we do in the hospital.”

National PA Day is dedicated to the people who make Britain’s offices work. This annual day highlights the increasing importance of the estimated 650,000 highly skilled PAs working in offices across the UK. Find out more at


Poole Hospital PAs celebrate National PA Day - from L-R: Colleen Walker, PA in the neurology department; Tina Kitching, PA in the obstetrics and gynaecology department; Angela Challice, executive assistant to the chief executive; and Becky Webber, PA in the neurology department

Date: 8 October

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