06 August 2013

When Anne Dobson, 61, began working at the hospital in October 1976 the radiographers still used wet processing in a dark room. Since then she has seen many changes in her profession, especially in the technology used – having moved on to dry light processing which then made way for modern digital techniques.

The former departmental representative for the Society of Radiographer held a leaving party on Tuesday, July 31, family, friends and colleagues past and present where she was presented with gifts including flowers and chocolates.

Anne, who lives in Stalybridge, achieved a Masters in Professional Development and became an advanced practitioner in video fluoroscopy and upper GI tract during her career at Tameside Hospital and said: “I love change so you have got to make way for the younger people and let them move forward.”

Anne, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in January this year but who is now in remission following surgery and radiation therapy at Tameside Hospital, added: “I’m going to miss my colleagues and friends as during these times they were like my family supporting me. I shall be forever grateful for the care and consideration shown to me from my family that’s within the Trust.”

Anne, whose husband Tony died two years ago after battling leukemia for 10 years from 2001 until 2011 also wanted to pay tribute to the specialist teams who treated him:

She said: “Staff were always available to talk to, were always empathetic, respectful and at times going above and beyond in their caring. As I leave the Trust and my extended family I want to say a big thank you to all the teams (Surgery, Vascular, Haematology, Medicine and Oncology) who treated my husband and myself over the years.”

Rather than resting on her laurels and putting her feet up, Anne has lots of plans for her retirement.

 “My illness has made me sit back and re-evaluate my life choices. I’ll take it as it comes. I’m going to use the opportunity and the value of my experience to work with people in the community,” she said.

Anne hopes to become more involved with her church, St John’s CofE in Dukinfield, by joining some of the teams supporting members of the congregation at home and in hospital.

She hopes to continue her involvement with the Trust in various committees when vacancies arise. Anne also hopes to spend more time visiting her mother and family in Northern Ireland, spending more time with her grandchildren and taking her dogs for walks.