Brenda Burt
Brenda Burt

A worker at a Lichfield hospital is getting ready to hang up her uniform after almost half a century of service in the NHS.

Brenda Burt, a domestic assistant at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital, will bid farewell to her colleagues early next year.

She began her career in 1972 as a 15-year-old, working in the laundry at St Matthew’s Hospital in Burntwood.

“I remember the interview with the careers office and him saying to me ‘I’ve got just the job for you’. Then I went for my interview and was successful – I haven’t looked back since.

“I have never had any problems and it’s always been so nice. I’ve loved my time in the NHS and am dedicated to it as it is such a rewarding job.”

Brenda Burt

After taking a break to raise her three children, Brenda returned to her career in healthcare in 1989 as a domestic assistant at St Michael’s Hospital, before moving to the Victoria Hospital in Lichfield six years later.

Her role changed in 2006 when she became a ward housekeeper, later becoming a domestic assistant at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital a year later.

Brenda said she enjoyed her time on the wards, and even though she was presented with other opportunities, her calling was working for the domestic teams.

“I could have gone into nursing but I felt this role suited me better, particularly in terms of the hours and flexibility I was offered.

“I like seeing patients on the wards and enjoy talking to them. I think they look forward to seeing the domestics as we have all the banter!

“Even during the pandemic, I still worked all my hours. Covid affected some of us quite a bit but we were all there to support each other. People would ask me if I was still working and of course I was, I needed to do my bit to support everyone but it was hard.”

Brenda Burt

Now, after almost 50 years of service to healthcare in Lichfield and Burntwood, Brenda is looking forward to making the most of her retirement next year.

“I plan on spending lots of time with my grandchildren, going to my gardening club, swimming and maybe even on a few holidays

“When I first started in Lichfield, the hospital was run by the Burton trust, and now I’m back working with the same organisation which is really nice.

“I just can’t believe how quickly it’s all gone. Everyone has been great and so supportive.”

Brenda Burt

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  1. Thank you Brenda, I and many people are so very grateful to you, I hope you enjoy a long and happy retirement. 😊

  2. What a fantastic career Brenda. Well done and hope enjoy your hard earned retirement now. It’s brilliant to hear that people still manage these long service careers .

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