Hospital staff who have clocked up a staggering length of service between them were honoured at Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ annual long-service awards.
More than 70 members of staff with Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Trust who have reached key milestones were commended and thanked for “the contribution they have made over the years to patient care.”
Milestones included five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service.
Richard Mitchell, chief executive at the trust, and chairman John MacDonald presented staff with a commemorative certificate and pin badge as a token of “appreciation” at a ceremony held at King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton.
Marilyn Jones, a clinical typist was awarded for her 45 years with the trust.
Marilyn first started working at what was Mansfield General Hospital in September 1972.
The general hospital on West Hill Drive, Mansfield closed in 1992 and it set to be 54 homes for elderly people.
She started at the same time as Rod Stewart was at number one with ‘You Wear it Well’, BBC quiz programme Mastermind was first broadcast and the school leaving age in England and Wales was raised to 16.
She said: “It’s been an absolutely lovely day and it has made me feel so special and appreciated to be recognised, especially when my award was announced and was described as ‘an amazing 45 years’.
“I first started working at Mansfield General Hospital in 1972 and then when I had my son 28 years ago I decided to take a five-year career break.
“That lasted just nine months and I came back to work in a role at King’s Mill Hospital, where I’ve been ever since.
“The trust has been a fantastic place to work and has always been accommodating throughout my time here, especially when my three children were younger.
“I’ve seen lots of changes during my time.”
Mr Mitchell, said: “It’s a great honour to present these awards to some of our incredible staff and thank them on behalf of the trust.
“Our staff are the lifeblood of our organisation and we want to recognise staff who show commitment and dedication to the work they do.”