Oaks Hospital’s Hero of Healthcare

Oaks Hospital’s Hero of Healthcare James Hill (Jim) - Senior ODP (Operating Department Practitioner)

How long have you worked at Oaks Hospital?

I have worked for Oaks Hospital under 3 different owners for 28 years.

What is your background?

I was in the army straight from school and then had a few different jobs before starting as a Theatre Technician in the early 1970’s working for the NHS in Southend-on-Sea. In 1974 I commenced my city and guilds training to become an Operating Department Practitioner. This was the first time that this course had been implemented so everything was new, even for the tutors. When I qualified I worked at Southend Hospital for 11 years before transferring to a local independent hospital. Due to relocating to this area I found some bank work at both Oaks Hospital and Springfield Hospital. A vacancy then arose at Oaks Hospital, which at the time was located in Oaks Drive near the Essex County Hospital, and the rest as they say, is history.

What is your role?

My role is varied, from assisting the Anaesthetist or Surgeon during the various procedures, recovering the patients post-surgery and copious amounts of paperwork. When the Theatre manager is away I step in to help manage the department.

What do you enjoy about it?

The thing I enjoy most about my job is the close knit team we have here, we fully support one another and even though things are stressful at times we manage to keep things light hearted to enable us to get through the day.

What are your outside interests?

Outside of work I enjoy watching Colchester Rugby Club and am looking forward to a successful season coming up. I enjoy socialising with friends and listening to music with quite an eclectic taste from Blues to Jazz and Rock to Reggae with loads in between.


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