George Eliot Hospital’s Theatre team held a surprise party last week for long serving Theatre staff member Sindy Heer who has worked for the NHS in Nuneaton for an incredible 50 years.
Dedicated Sindy joined the NHS as a nurse and has worked at the George Eliot Hospital for most of her career, working both at the Manor hospital and at the George Eliot itself, where she still works part-time as a theatre practitioner.
Sindy originally joined the NHS when she was a cadet at 16, after going to Arbury High School, and was encouraged to train as a nurse. She trained locally in Nuneaton and then worked in Leamington for a few years before settling permanently back in the borough. Sindy has used her experience to mentor student nurses and junior doctors, who have then gone onto become consultants or senior sisters themselves.
Sindy said “I love working at the George Eliot Hospital and really enjoy my job within a fantastic team and will continue to work here as long as my health lets me.
“I have really seen the hospital grow over the years and remember being the first Asian nurse, moving from the Manor Hospital to the new site here at the George Eliot Hospital.
“One of my highlights was queuing up outside to await the arrival of the Queen to officially open the hospital back in 1994.”
Now 70, Sindy doesn’t intend to retire permanently from the Trust while she still enjoys her job.
Theatre Manager, Paula Quinn said: “The knowledge Sindy has to share with her colleagues is priceless. She is always willing to move to different theatres to support the service.
“Sindy is the George Eliot through and through and her unrivalled support has seen us manage many difficult challenges over the years.”
“Her loyalty to both the NHS and the George Eliot is amazing and one that deserves to be truly celebrated.”