IT is not everyday you can say you have dedicated more than a century to helping others.
But for Jim Strudwick and his wife Annie, between them they have clocked up an impressive 106 years of service to the NHS.
The dedicated duo both worked in the phlebotomy department and were the first people to receive their long-service awards at the Trust’s latest presentation ceremony at St Richard’s Hospital.
Mr Strudwick, who describes the recognition from the NHS as a ‘considerable honour’, retired ten years ago, but still spends half a day each week working in the phlebotomy department.
Mr Strudwick began his career in the NHS in 1958, just one year earlier than Annie.
The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year and met on a children’s ward when Mr Strudwick was a biomedical scientist and Annie was a nurse.
“In over 50 years I have seen such incredible changes in the way diagnostic pathology is performed, from blood tests to body fluid tests,” said Jim.
The awards were presented by Trust chief executive Marianne Griffiths, and chairman Mike Viggers.
“Jim and Annie Strudwick have shown extraordinary commitment to both patients, and the NHS, and I am honoured to be able to pay tribute to them.” said Mrs Griffiths.