Mary Robertson wins Parliamentary award

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Mary Robertson, former Matron, receives her award at the Houses of Parliament

Mary Robertson is the Regional Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award category of the NHS Parliamentary Awards!

Mary, former Matron and Hospital Manager of South Petherton Community Hospital, was recognised for her work helping to spearhead a local campaign to create a new hospital dedicated to stroke rehabilitation and community care when the old hospital was earmarked for closure.

Mary Robertson began work in the NHS as a ward sister in 1975 and retired due to ill health in 1993. Her work, contribution and dedication was recognised by the local Regional Health Authority at the time. Post retirement she joined the League of Friends, and is now our Chairperson, and continues to lead and contribute to our work in terms of her public service.

Mary said: “As Matron I had a lovely career with a lot of involvement with the patients and the staff and developed a great team atmosphere. Having a great team around you is the best way to work. I never woke up and thought ‘I don’t want to go to work today’.

As Chair of the League of Friends I made a difference by championing and achieving the building of a new hospital in South Petherton. This was completed with the support of many local people. This took a lot of time and effort on my part which was easy to give as I am so passionate about this hospital. This is a wonderful hospital which is a centre for stroke excellence in Somerset.”

Her inspirational work over a lifetime was rightly recognised by the NHS and continues to be felt by the patients who are cared for with compassion and professionalism every day at the hospital.