Staff who have dedicated most of their working lives to the NHS were celebrated at the annual Royal Free London long service awards.

All members of staff reaching 25 or 40 years’ service over the last year were invited to attend the awards which were led by Sir David Sloman, group chief executive and Caroline Clarke, group deputy chief executive and chief finance officer.

More than 30 members of staff attended the ceremony at the Royal Free Hospital with their friends and family and were awarded a certificate and set of vouchers by David and Caroline. The awards ceremony was followed by a festive afternoon tea.

Sir David said: “This year 60 members of staff have reached the milestone of 25 or 40 years’ continuous and dedicated service to the Royal Free London. Between them they have worked a staggering 1624 years! 

“I’d like to thank these wonderful staff who’ve dedicated their careers to the trust and extend our thanks to their families, for supporting them so they could come to work. Their knowledge and experience gained from working with us for so many years is a huge strength for us, for their colleagues and for our patients. Their commitment to their roles and to the organisation is incredible and we are delighted to celebrate their achievement with them.”

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