Nearly 10,000 years of NHS experience were celebrated at the latest Frimley Health long service awards.
Around 380 staff from the NHS foundation trust that runs services in Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire attended two special events at Ascot Racecourse to mark long-service milestones ranging from 20 to more than 45 years with Frimley Health.
In total they spanned an incredible 9,472 years of working for trust, which formed in 2014 when the organisation running Frimley Park Hospital joined with Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals.
The celebratory afternoon teas were hosted by trust chief executive Neil Dardis. They were the trust’s first long service events held in person since before the pandemic in 2020.
The longest serving staff member was local security manager Kay Loudon-Bruce. When she started working at Wexham Park Hospital in 1978, James Callaghan was the UK prime minister, Louise Brown had just become the first ever test-tube baby (IVF), and Boney M had the biggest selling single of the year with Rivers of Babylon.
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust employs around 10,000 staff and runs acute hospitals at Frimley Park near Camberley and Wexham Park near Slough, Heatherwood planned care hospital in Ascot, community services in Hampshire and Surrey and outpatients and diagnostic services across the area.
Video celebrates dedicated longest serving staff at Frimley Health
A touching new video released by Frimley Health shows 380 devoted staff celebrating their long service to the NHS. The staff, who have clocked up nearly 10,000 years of NHS experience between them, attended two special events at Ascot Racecourse to mark long-service milestones ranging from 20 to more than 45 years.
The video features longest serving staff member, Kay Loudon-Bruce, a widely-respected security manager, who started working at Wexham Park Hospital in 1978. During the event, Frimley Health’s chief executive said it was “an immense privilege to work alongside such dedicated staff who have given so much of their lives to the NHS and Frimley Health.”