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Wendy celebrates 30 years of working at the Horton

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It's fair to say Wendy Gilbert is one of the longest-serving members of staff at the Horton General Hospital.

Since joining the Occupational Therapy team as a Clerical Worker on 17 July 1989, she has gone from role to role and building to building, making friends and what she calls her 'family' along the way.

Working now as a Therapies Administrator, she's in charge of setting up the various clinics, team HR (including the very important payroll), and managing the admin work for the therapies department.

"I love it here," she said, "the therapists here are more like my family than colleagues. It's really lovely to work with our patients as well, knowing that by using our services we can make their lives a bit better. Our team is very close - I'm like a mother figure to them... or even a grandmother to some!

"I've seen lots of change in the time I've been here - I've worked in many buildings across the Horton, but it's nice to now be in the new hub."

Outside of work, Wendy keeps busy with days out with her husband, long walks with her three Shi Tzus, and catching up with friends.  Banbury born and bred, she has always enjoyed working close to home.

"The thirty years have gone very quickly. I've always loved working here."

Julie Upward, Occupational Therapy Team Leader at the Horton, said: "We love having Wendy here. Her nickname is 'Supersec' - she helps everything run so smoothly. She's such an asset to the team, and we wouldn't be without her."