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NHS at 70: What's it like to work on the front line at Harrogate Hospital?

NHS at 70: What's it like to work on the front line at Harrogate Hospital?

Published at 8:10am 3rd July 2018. (Updated at 9:24am 3rd July 2018)

As the NHS gets ready to celebrate a major milestone, Stray FM has been speaking to nurses at Harrogate District Hospital to find out what it's like on the front line of the service. 

On Thursday it'll be 70 years since The National Health Service was established.

Since then it's had its up and downs, and is constantly being debated and discussed by politicians. But what it is like to actually work in a hospital, seeing patients everyday? Are staff worried about the future? And what motivates them to do the job? 

Stray FM spoke to a number of staff members from across Harrogate District Hospital. 

Gemma Umpleby is the Ward Manager of Farndale Ward: 


The Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust's chronic pain team helps around 400 people a year suffering from long-term conditions.

Diagnosis can be difficult and patients can be on the waiting list for up to 5 months. Clinical Team Leader Julie Robinson and Specialist Physiotherapist Steven Bathe help run the service:  

 

 

Victoria Lister is the Ward Sister Woodlands, the hospital's children's ward. She says her job is extremely rewarding: 

 

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Wards Manager for Acute Pediatrics Heather Stuart and Ward Sister Victoria Lister in Woodlands Ward at Harrogate Hospital 

Before patients are taken for elective surgery, they need to be assessed by nurses. Around 500 patients a month go through this process. Stray FM spoke to Cath Baxter and Deb Carter who both work in pre-assesment: 

 

 

 

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Deb Carter and Cath Baxter  from the Pre-operative Assessment Unit 

 

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