COLLEAGUES at Buckingham Community Hospital came together last week to make a special fuss over Janet Nash who has worked there for 40 years.
The 63-year-old started in the hospital’s kitchen in 1971, aged 22 ,and has seen the NHS and the hospital change, almost beyond recognition.
She said: “It was very different in those days, and I’ve seen a lot of change, and not all for the good. I have enjoyed my days there, but there’s too much red tape and politics and computers these days.
Mrs Nash said she was shocked by last Friday’s surprise celebration and added: “I am going to leave next year, but I love nursing and taking care of patients, and I’ve cared for a lot of people in Buckingham. I will miss it and all the people I work with.”
Teresa Webb helped arrange Friday’s celebration. She said: “Some of us have worked here for a long time and Janet has just always been here.
“But we had no idea how long until quite recently when it just come out somehow. The surprise was brilliant, she had no idea, her face was a picture.”
Mrs Webb said her friend was the ‘mother hen’ of the hospital, arranging leaving parties and birthdays for staff and patients. “She keeps us in order, sorting things out. It’s only right we recognise all she has done for the hospital.”
1971 also saw decimalisation, and education secretary Margaret Thatcher earn her ‘Milk Snatcher’ label.