According to Roy Allen’s pension record by the day he retired from his post in Technical Services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital he had served 41 years and 139 days in the NHS.
Roy, who lives in St Ives, started his working life at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge from where he carried out work at other hospitals in the area. During this time he worked at Huntingdon County, Primrose Lane Maternity and Papworth Hospitals as well as other medical establishments.
When the new Hinchingbrooke Hospital opened, Roy came to commission all the new medical equipment, was poached and has been at the hospital since 1984. He retired this month after working at Hinchingbrooke for 33 years and is looking forward to his retirement although he maintains that he is “still only 38”.
Life as a medical engineer has never lost its appeal for Roy. He says that no two days are the same. “You never know what’s going to happen when you arrive at work in the morning. You can have your day planned and then something comes along that blows those plans out of the window”.
Chief Executive, Stephen Graves says: “People like Roy are the backbone of the NHS. It’s inspiring for us to see people who have given so much to the service, in Roy’s case his entire working life.
“Roy’s can do attitude and humour will be greatly missed by many people at Hinchingbrooke and we all join in wishing him a very long and happy retirement”.
The Technical Services team has been described as “the secret army”. Looking after 5,500 pieces of medical equipment, the team provides a “cradle to grave” service – commissioning equipment (over 1,000 pieces for the Treatment Centre), maintaining it and then decommissioning it at the end of its life.
The team also advises clinical departments on the equipment best suited to their needs and negotiates and manages maintenance contracts offering the correct level of cover for their needs.
Roy has seen great changes in technology in the course of his career. He saw the first Dinamap (electronic blood pressure monitor) and CT scanner delivered to Addenbrookes. He observed that over the years equipment has become smaller, more versatile and safer.
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