THE LONGEST serving member of staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) has retired after a stunning 53 years of service.
Kathy Gibbs began her career with the NHS at the age of 17 in 1965 as a cadet nurse based at PAH, and after qualifying as a registered nurse in 1969, worked her way up to become an emergency nurse practitioner over the course of 32 years.
More recently, Ms Gibbs became involved with the practice development team which supported and encouraged staff to develop their skills, before joining the training and education department four years ago.
Reflecting on her career, Ms Gibbs said: “The hospital still feels like one big family, even after 53 years. I will be sad to leave; nursing is my passion and I have enjoyed every moment of my career at PAH.”
Martin Smith, associate director of training, education and development said: “Kathy will be sadly missed by me, her colleagues in the training department and the many staff she has helped and worked with across the trust. She leaves a proud legacy of so many fine achievements during her 53 years of marvellous service.”
Lindsay Hanmore, associate director of nursing said: “When I took the brave step out of critical care, Kathy was there to share her learning, provide guidance and moral support. She always has a good story to tell, which makes learning come alive in an exciting and memorable way.”
Ms Gibbs was among the first residents to live in Harlow new town when she moved to the area with her parents at the age of just 18 months, and her younger brother had the distinction of being the first baby boy born in the new town.
Now she is looking forward to her retirement which will involve plenty of gardening and spending time with her family and four grandchildren.