One of Rotherham’s District Nurses has recently celebrated 50 years of working in the NHS.
Kate Phillips, a Staff Nurse based at St Ann’s Medical Centre, has been nursing since 1966. Starting her career in Doncaster, working at Montague Hospital and the Royal Infirmary, she had never considered working out in the community. It was when Kate was doing a conversion qualification that she first experienced what nursing in the community was like.
Realising how much she enjoyed it, she worked on the community nursing bank alongside her hospital role. In 1995, Kate made the move to St Ann’s Medical Centre in Rotherham to work as a Community Staff Nurse and she has been there ever since.
Kate said: “I always knew I wanted to be a nurse and I still enjoy it as much today as I did 50 years ago. I love meeting people and being able to care for them when they are unwell.
“The NHS has changed vastly over the past 50 years but no matter what changes, patient care will always be at the very centre of everything we do and that is why I love nursing. I always thought I would retire at 65, but it just never happened. I still enjoy the work I do, and I’m sure I will until the day I do retire.
“The team I work with are brilliant, we all support each other and work together – I couldn’t ask for better colleagues.”
Kate is planning to retire next year at the age of 69. Speaking about what she will do with her time once she has retired, Kate said: “I’ll make sure I enjoy myself – going on holidays and spending time with family and friends. I’ll probably look at doing some volunteering too.”
A celebration event was held for her this week where colleagues were able to celebrate Kate’s achievements and dedication to nursing. Media Contact
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