Bob celebrates working for fifty years at Princess Alexandra

Communities / Thu 27th Aug 2015 at 10:38am

A GRANDFATHER is celebrating working for 50 years at Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital.

When Bob Parsons, who lives in the town, first started working at the hospital as a porter it had only recently opened to patients.

PAH, which at the time was called simply Harlow Hospital, was built in three stages from 1958 to 1966 and started taking patients in January 1965.

One of the highlights of the hospital’s first year was the official opening by Princess Alexandra on April 27, 1965 – a day which Mr Parsons remembers well.

“I was here when Princess Alexandra actually opened the hospital,” he said, “And I also got to meet her.

Father-of-two Mr Parsons, who has three grandchildren, said he loved everything about working at the hospital, adding that his dedication and passion for helping patients was what had kept him there for the past 50 years.

Even though he has now passed retirement age, he has no plans to wind down. “I reduced my hours slightly a couple of years ago because I want to stay working here as long as possible,” he said.

Mr Parson’s manager, Diane Clarke, said he was popular with his colleagues.

“They think the world of Bob up in the emergency department,” she said. “He is extremely reliable and always has a smile on his face when patients come through the door.

“He makes them feel at ease, always communicating with them so they are not confused.

“He always introduces himself and explains to the patient where he is taking them.”

She added: “Bob really is a valued member of staff who gets on extremely well with all the nursing staff and management.”

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