I’m still going strong!
When Alice Breslin started out on her NHS career, T. Rex were top of the charts and Edward Heath was our Prime Minister. The Watergate scandal was yet to happen.
Alice has worked all over NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and was delighted to be the first member of staff to receive her long service badges for an amazing 20, 30 and 40 years!
“I have loved (almost) every minute of my NHS career and am still going strong,” said Alice, who since 2016 has been based at the Vale of Leven Hospital where she is the health records supervisor.
“I started as a very shy 16 year old back in June 1971 based in the National Executive Council in Lynedoch Crescent. We looked after the GP practices, sent out prescription pads and even syringes and also registered births and deaths. I remember Mr Crichton was my boss; it was very formal back then and you always called people Mr or Mrs something.
“I remember my first day at Gartnavel when it was brand spanking new. It was 31 May 1973 and they were still laying the carpets. There was such a great buzz about the new hospital and clinics were being moved up there from the Western, so there was lots of overtime while we organised the card indexes.
“The student nurses still wore the old uniforms with caps and cuffs and I remember a Matron called Miss McNab too. She was tall, slim and ramrod straight and always had a strange smile on her face. I always felt like I had to curtsey when she walked past.
“Gartnavel had its own bank – not a cashline, a bank! We also had a real French chef called Edouard... very fancy. There were also lots of parties in the nursing home and we always got asked along; we had some great times. I also remember dressing up regularly to cheer up the patients too; my Alice in Wonderland outfit was my favourite.”
Alice stunned her colleagues in 1995 when she announced that she was pregnant at the age of 40.
“Everyone was stunned including me and my son Jason was born that year. He is a lovely boy and I am very lucky.”
Alice has spent her entire career working in different roles in health records.
“I love it here at the Vale. I was made to feel so welcome from day one. The staff, the patients, everyone is so lovely and everyone says hello.
“Hopefully I will be able to work on for two more years, my health is good so I hope I can.
“The long service medals mean so much to me and remind me of a career I have truly enjoyed.”
Click here to find out who else received their badges and how to claim one yourself.