After nearly 30 years working at Walsall Manor Hospital, Ward Clerk Kath Sharp has logged off her computer for the final time.
Having joined the Trust May 1989, Kath has spent the past three decades looking after the admin side of Walsall Healthcare’s Paediatric Ward; coordinating patient notes and acting as first point of contact for parents and colleagues.
“I have really enjoyed my time at the Trust; the job has been so varied” she explained.
“I spent a lot of my time on the Paediatric Assessment Unit which is a bit like the Emergency Department in terms of a quick-pace; i could be faced with lots of different situations all in one day; no two days have been the same which made it exciting.”
Kath, who lives in Aldridge, was also treated for breast cancer at the Manor Hospital the year before she took up the job; receiving what she described as ‘absolutely fantastic care’ by general surgeon, Mr Gordon Little.
In response to her retirement, Sister Deb Ashley said: “It’s like the raven’s leaving the tower!”
“She’s been part of the team for so long and the world will stop turning without her. She’s like everyone’s mum!”
Divisional Director of Nursing for Women’s, Children’s and Support Services Caroline Whyte added: “Kath has been an integral part of our team, ensuring the administrative element of the paediatric department runs smoothly.
“We are going to miss her immensely and wish her well for her retirement.”
Kath thanked her colleagues for their kind words, saying “The team really are marvellous. Thanks to all of them for this lovely send off.”
The 73-year-old kicks off her retirement in the new year with a Caribbean cruise and has further plans to travel and visit her son in Australia.