What do you do for the Trust?
I work as a clerical officer within the main theatre suite at NDDH, performing a variety of tasks. My role is to help with the smooth running of theatres. I am the first port of call for patients in theatres in person or on the telephone, and also for theatre staff. My job involves computer data inputting on Trust systems and the National Joint Registry.
What makes you proud of your work?
I am now semi-retired and have worked for the Trust for 26 years. I started out as a theatre orderly, which I enjoyed for several years, and for the latter part of my career I was given the opportunity to work within the main office in theatres (the nerve centre). The knowledge I have gained throughout the years has made me the go-to person for anything that needs fixing, sorting out or general information, and I feel proud to be part of a team that helps with the daily running of theatres.
What was your highlight of 2018?
As a lot of people might know, my wife and I love to holiday on cruises. We have travelled far and wide and seen some amazing sights. Whilst on the way to Iceland we saw a very large iceberg floating by – the colour of the sea with the sun going down and the ice blue colour of the iceberg was something we will never forget and was an amazing highlight of 2018.
Top tip for a great Christmas?
Enjoy every Christmas to the full. Having spent Christmas in Derriford Hospital following a triple heart bypass four years ago, l realised how special Christmas is. To be with family and friends is always a special time.