Judith Burgess has been a friendly and familiar face around Hunter pathology labs and hospitals for over 40 years, and today we say goodbye and thank you.
Judith is retiring from her role as administration and data entry officer at our John Hunter pathology lab.
She’s seen and done a lot since her first day on the job at the Royal Newcastle Hospital in 1980.
“I started in 1980 at the Royal Newcastle Hospital, doing a three-month training school, then after we graduated we were put into different departments of the hospital,” Judith explained.
“I was placed in the pathology department by our teacher Miss Windross and I’ve worked here for the next 43 years, aside from taking five years off to have children.
“I’ve always been told I have a good work ethic which I know I got from that early training at the Royal many years ago.”
In that time, Judith has witnessed many changes in technologies and processes.
She has worked though many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw workloads increase for everyone in health – especially for our hard-working administration staff.
“There’s been a lot of change in the way we enter data, from very manual ways to making way for the electric typewriter, then onto computers.
“There have been many procedural changes over the years which included deciphering doctors’ handwriting, remembering test codes and processing over 300 request forms a day.”
Judith is looking forward to slowing down, travelling again, spending time with her family and looking after her beautiful granddaughter Peggy.
She has been a friend to so many, a dedicated team member and will be greatly missed.
Thanks for your incredible work, Judith and enjoy retirement!