1,370 years of combined NHS service celebrated

Carole Rickard with LCHS chairman Dr Don White and LCHS chief executive Andrew Morgan. ANL-150601-151755001
Carole Rickard with LCHS chairman Dr Don White and LCHS chief executive Andrew Morgan. ANL-150601-151755001

Long serving NHS staff, including five staff members from South Holland, who work in communities across Lincolnshire have been praised for their dedication at a special awards lunch.

The 56 staff from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) have chalked up an impressive 1,370 years’ service between them.

Jacqueline Cocks, a nursery nurse from Spalding, Julie-Marie Lee, a district nurse case manager community practice educator from Holbeach and Barbara Ulyatt, a community nurse also from Holbeach, were all awarded for 20 years of service.

Mary Turner, a community nurse from the Kirton and Sutterton area, was awarded for 30 years of service and Carole Rickard, from Johnson Community Hospital, was awarded for 40 years.

Talking about her job, Carole said: “It’s always been a vocation. It’s certainly hard work and it’s not the best paid but I have always loved people. I nursed my own mother and I could not see myself nursing anyone else in any other way than how I would want my own family to be treated. All of my working career I’ve been in the Boston and Spalding area and I now nurse patients who knew me when I was a child.”

During her 40 years, Carole has worked in A&E and orthopaedics before becoming a night sister in Holbeach. Following the death of her mother she moved to Spalding to work full time on the Avalon wards, then the new Welland hospital.

Carole also completed her teacher’s training before returning to the Welland where she helped to transform services from a geriatric facility to a first-class rehabilitation unit. She became part of the South Holland assessment and rehabilitation Programme and now works with the rapid response community nursing services, based at the Johnson Community Hospital.

She added: “I have loved everything that I have done and thoroughly enjoyed my career.”

LCHS Chairman Dr Don White said: “I would like to thank each of these individuals for the dedication they have shown to their professions.

“It’s always very heartwarming to hear about their experiences of working in the NHS, and particularly those who have spent their years with patients and families in Lincolnshire.

“It’s a pleasure to be able to help them celebrate their loyal service.”