A member of staff at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury has reached an incredible landmark in her working life – 50 years in the same department.
Jean Butler of Lower Wardington joined the radiology department in 1963 and celebrated her 50th anniversary on September 23.
Mrs Butler joined at a time when there was no CT department, no ultrasound department and a part-time radiologist who was also a senior partner at a local surgery.
She worked full time until 2011 and became the department’s office services co-ordinator as staff levels grew.
She then worked as a medical secretary two days a week and continues to do so.
In her career she has witnessed many technical advancements, including the advent of ultrasound scanning and introduction of the automatic development of films.
Mrs Butler said: “In this day and age it is fairly unusual that someone has stuck at a job for 50 years. Years ago it was fairly common amongst the Alcan workers, but times change and now staying loyal to your company and not moving to gain experience is slightly frowned upon – but I loved my job.
“It was interesting and absorbing, gave me great satisfaction and a chance to be on a continuing learning curve. My husband and I both have family here and we liked living in the area, so I just carried on!
“Many things have changed over the 50 years, mostly for the better, and I remain deeply committed to the NHS and the service it provides. I am also grateful for its expertise.”
Toni Mackay, radiology clinical unit operations manager for the Oxford University Hospitals Trust, said: “Jean has been invaluable to the department and directorate.”