Date of release: 7 October 2021
A family is celebrating a proud milestone after clocking up over 100 years of service over three generations with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
Julie Burgess, who has been Housekeeping Manager for West Park Hospital and Community for the last 20 years, has worked for the NHS for 40 years. During that time, her own family – husband of 36 years Michael and their two daughters, Abby, 31 and Jessica, 24 – have all filled roles for the Trust.
From left to right: Mike Burgess, Abby Burgess, Julie Burgess, Jess Burgess, Pat Worrall and Sammy Simmonds
Michael, a Courier and Facilities Operative for West Park and Community, has four years’ service and Abby has been at West Park as a volunteer and on the bank for temporary staff for over 10 years.
Jessica, who also volunteered in Hotel Services at West Park and in Community and is now a teacher, has been on the bank for eight years, initially while she was at sixth form then continued during university.
The family link continues as Pat Worrall, Julie’s mum, did the same job as her daughter, also for 20 years, and also spent a decade volunteering for the League of Friends charity that provides donations to Cannock Chase Hospital.. Sammy Simmons, Julie’s niece, works as a Housekeeping Assistant on Ward 2 at West Park and has 19 years’ service.
“At some stage in my family’s lives, they have all provided a service to the Trust – whether that is through paid roles or volunteering at events,” said Julie.. “I am very proud of my family and am thankful for their constant support.
“At West Park Hospital, we are also a family. Everyone works well together to provide a high-quality service to our patients. We work hard to keep a high-standard at WPH and have been awarded on multiple occasions for this.”
Having been working in her current role for 20 years, Julie is also proud of her long service. She added: “I am very proud to have served the Trust for this amount of time and have taken on many roles. In this position, I am required to manage staff, provide up-to-date training and support housekeeping staff to provide a high-quality service in cleaning, food service and portering.”
It seems like there’s never been a dull moment for Julie, having rubbed shoulders with Dave Hill, the lead guitarist from former rock band Slade, and West Midlands historian Carl Chinn during her long service.
“Dave Hill had a relative in our care,” explained Julie. “I have met Carl Chinn when we had a 1940s day at West Park. We transformed all of the wards back to 1940 and did talks for the patients.”
Julie’s dedication to her role extends to treating the patients, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, which she admits has been the most testing period of her long career.
“I thoroughly enjoy raising money to provide extra experiences for the patients while they are in our care at West Park,” she said. “Over the years, from charitable funds, we have been able to arrange events such as afternoon teas, Christmas presents, visits from the Easter bunny and more.
“The most challenging period of time in the job has been over the last 18 months. Having to face, adapt and manage this time through COVID has been difficult, but I feel myself, my staff and my managers have dealt with this well and I am proud to be a part of this team.”
With plenty of energy for the job, Julie is relishing continuing providing an excellent service for patients as she looks forward to her 60th birthday next year.
“My hopes are that I can keep my health and continue to fulfil my role, which I love, to the highest standard that I can,” said Julie.
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