After a 48-year career, Biomedical Scientist Jim Baughan has hung up his lab coat for good and retired from Black Country Pathology Services (BCPS).
Jim started his career as a trainee at what was then the Birmingham Regional Health Authority.
“Once qualified I worked at East Birmingham Hospital – now known as Heartlands – but I really wanted to work in Walsall, closer to where I lived,” he said.
“After six years I was able to get a job in Walsall and I worked in Haematology in the old Pathology lab. And I have been in Walsall ever since.”
Jim worked as Pathology Services Manager in Haematology for a while and actually retired back in 2009 but came back to work following a re-organisation of the service.
“I have always felt like I belonged here,” said Jim, who lives in Cheslyn Hay with wife Linda, a former Intensive Care Unit Nurse.
“The sheer volume of work we do through tests for hospitals and GPs has increased substantially. For me personally, another major change was the move to shifts as the service runs through the night, keeping pace with the changing demands of healthcare.”
While Jim jokes his wife has “a long list of jobs for me to do” when he retires, he is looking forward to spending more time with his four grandchildren – the youngest of whom is just six months old.
“I have worked with some good teams and some good people and I will miss them. But after 48 years’ service it’s time to hand over to someone else now,” said the 65-year-old.
BCPS are run by four Trusts – Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust – and based at a hub at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton.