Team NUH celebrates NHS 70
We’ve got so many members of Team NUH who have stories to tell about their experiences of working in the NHS. As part of our celebrations for NHS 70 we’ve asked people in different jobs and different services across our hospitals to share their memories of the NHS and also to look to the future of how the NHS can develop for the next generation.
Ralph Lindo - Hospital porter
'Hospital' porter reflects on thirty years in the NHS
Episode six of ‘Hospital’ shows you a rare glimpse of the work of our NUH porters – the team who make sure patients get where they need to be around our hospitals on trolleys and wheelchairs, working closely with staff on our wards, in our operating theatres and in the Emergency Department (ED).
Ralph Lindo has been providing this service for 30 years and has ensured the safe transfer of patients within ED and now he works with the operating theatres teams.
He admits that he was a bit nervous and a bit shy to be filmed as part of ‘Hospital’ but at the end of the day, he was doing what comes naturally and helping patients. Meeting so many patients is what has made working as part of the NHS and at NUH so special to Ralph over the years.
The one piece of advice he would have given his younger self was to “stick with it”. That’s great advice and as the NHS hits 70 this year, Ralph is still enjoying his work.
Christine Dolby - Head of Service for Spiritual and Pastoral Care
Christine Dolby, has spent 44 years working within the NHS and this month is retiring as Head of Service for the Spiritual and Pastoral Care Department at Nottingham Hospitals.
Christine has a unique background, having started her career as a nurse in East Bridgford for 30 years before transitioning into chaplaincy for the last decade.
Christine said: “One of my earliest and best memories as a chaplain at Nottingham Hospitals, was when I went to visit a man who had collapsed at home and was found by the postman, the patient’s dog had been trying to stir him with no luck and had scratched his owners face, when the man was finally in hospital he was distraught thinking his dog had died in his absence, however a police man was looking after the dog and we were able to get the dog brought over to the hospital main entrance and we wheeled the patient down to see him and it was a joyful reunion between man and dog, and from this he the man was out of hospital within a few weeks – seeing his companion changed him and gave him something to live for. This really showed me that it is not just about the treatment but also about making sure patient’s mental health is cared for too.”
Christine spent five years retraining in order to become a chaplain. She did this whilst continuing to work as a nurse and raising a family.
She said: “It wasn’t always the plan to go into a chaplain role however I was a member of my local church and I took a leadership role in this and it sort of grew from there, it took me five years to train part time in the parish and part time in the GP surgery – but it came to the point where I had to make a decision on which way to go and I chose this way.”
Christine described how her experience as a nurse has helped shape pastoral care work in the Chaplaincy at Nottingham Hospitals.
She said: “It was really interesting making the transition as being a nurse I could relate to staff pressures and problems, as well as the patients and their conditions – so the experience has never been a waste.”
She added: “I’d describe my time in the NHS as incredible and a gift.”