When Julie Reeves (pictured centre) first started working for the NHS she used a manual typewriter and emails were a new thing on the horizon. Now, she uses them every day and she's gone digital! But what other changes has she seen?
Julie said: "I was initially employed as a clerk in Radiotherapy and worked there for five years. I have also worked in the Child Development Centre and, after moving into management, covered areas including paediatrics, oncology, cardiology, respiratory, infectious diseases and general medicine.
"Over the years I have seen a lot of changes, especially within the admin roles I have undertaken, like the introduction of computers and digitilisation. Then in the mid-late 1990’s, email was introduced. Whilst I was taking a meeting once my manager sent three emails and then rang to ask why I had not responded to them. I remember thinking that I didn’t like emails and hoped they wouldn’t take off!
“I have really enjoyed working in the NHS because of the team spirit and camaraderie. Over the years I have made many friends and when I have moved specialties, jobs or hospitals it is the people I have missed. In fact, I’m still friends with colleagues that I met in the 70s and 80s. I have enjoyed the roles I have undertaken and the support I have received from all I have worked with and have always tried to help patients and families in the way that I would like to receive for both my family and myself.”
Julie was presented with a special long service certificate recently by Liz Rix, Chief Nurse.