George Eliot Hospital Nurse, Annette Styles, is retiring after dedicating 48 years of her life to the Trust.
Annette joined the Manor Hospital as a cadet in 1974 before becoming a qualified Nurse. She moved to the George Eliot in 1985. She continued to study throughout her nursing career and successfully completed an Operating Department Nursing course as well as a DiP HE in special practice before becoming a Urology Theatre Sister and Clinical Facilitator.
Annette has always had a passion for teaching and training. She has supported and helped many clinicians over the years including looking after a French exchange nurse in 1996. More recently Annette has helped to bring recruit new clinicians to the trust by playing an integral part of three very successful open days as well as going to the universities to talk to student clinicians.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Annette went back to the front line. She has been working in the emergency theatre, supporting the team, whilst other theatre staff were deployed to the Intensive Therapy Unit.
The Grandmother of four now wants to put her feet up and have more time with her family as well as her dog Sally.
Annette said about her time at the hospital: “It’s been exceptional with its friendly and warming atmosphere and I have felt a very valued member of the staff. I have seen a lot of changes over last 48 years and for the better. If I had my time again I would choose to come back here - my work family.”
George Eliot Hospital’s Theatres Manager Paula Quinn said: “Annette has played an important part, not only in theatres, but with everyone she has supported and trained too. She will leave a massive gap in our theatre family but we all wish her lots of love and happiness in her retirement and we offer our thanks for her support throughout her time with us.”
Marking Annette’s retirement, George Eliot Hospital’s Chief Nurse, Daljit Athwal said: “This is a fantastic achievement and our collective thanks go to Annette for her length of service to the NHS. We are all proud of her contribution and I wish her the very best for her retirement – she deserves it.”