NHS 70 stories - Carol's thankful for her 40 years in the NHS

Friday, 6 July 2018

Carol Byrne has thoroughly enjoyed her 40 years working in the NHS and after a brief retirement is pleased to be able to carry on in a role she loves.

Starting work in 1979, Carol has worked in various roles in the laundry and sewing departments around the city’s hospitals including Stoke Park, Blackberry Hill, Frenchay and Southmead.

“When I first started we used to make and repair various bits for the wards including curtains, bedding and uniforms,” Carol said.

“When the Barbara Russell Children’s Unit opened at Frenchay Hospital we made various bits for the rooms.Carol (right) at the closure of Blackberry Hill laundry in 2012

“Some patients with learning difficulties used to work with us and some still work for the Trust now in various catering and domestic roles. It is fantastic and it gives me a great sense of achievement.”

Carol retired in 2012, but five weeks after the Brunel Building opened a position came available in the laundry team and she was asked to return on a temporary basis but decided to stay on part time. 

“I’m now a supervisor and feel incredibly privileged I have been able to stay on. I love working here it feels like a big family.”

It may feel like working in the NHS is like being part of a big family, but for Carol it really is a family affair with most of her relatives having spent part of their working life in the NHS.

Carol added: “Both of my daughters trained to be hairdressers but have now worked in the NHS for around 30 years. I’ve also had cousins and grandchildren working for the NHS at various points over the years.”