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Hospital nurse carries on working after celebrating milestone birthday

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Pam Pearson, who tuned 70 at the end of January, is determined to keep working and has no plans to retire just yet.

She has been employed at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust since 1998 and currently works as a staff nurse on the general surgery ward.

“It is wonderful to see someone with so much passion and dedication”

Liz Rix

Carol Lloyd-Bennett, matron for general surgery, said: “There really are very few nurses who are still working at 70, so it is important that we celebrate this amazing achievement.

“We bought Pam a lovely big bunch of flowers as we wanted to make a fuss of her and let her know she is very much valued and appreciated,” she said.

Ms Pearson started life as a machinist before commencing her career in healthcare as a nursing assistant.

She then progressed to complete enrolled nurse training and spent the next 18 years at the Nuffield Health North Staffordshire Hospital.

She said she was happy to celebrate her birthday with her colleagues on ward 108, where she works.

She said: “Although it is a special day, I will be working late tonight,” she said. “The staff on the ward are like a family to me and I will be here, doing the job I love.

“It was a lovely surprise to be visited by the [trust] chief nurse today. I certainly wasn’t expecting it,” added Ms Pearson.

Trust chief nurse Liz Rix said: “It is wonderful to see someone with so much passion and dedication. Pam doesn’t look her age, but to still be working away at this rate at 70 is amazing. I want to congratulate Pam and to wish her all the best on this special day.”

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