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Family inspire three generations of Bromley nurses

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 July 2018

Aimee Saunders with her mother Linda and grandmother Rosemary Andrews. Picture:  Rob Marlow

Aimee Saunders with her mother Linda and grandmother Rosemary Andrews. Picture: Rob Marlow

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Three generations of nurses who work at the same hospital trust say they are proud to have worked for the NHS and have all taken inspiration from each other.

Rosemary Andrews, 74, her daughter Linda Saunders, 56, and granddaughter Aimee Saunders, 23, have all worked for King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Rosemary started her nursing career in 1969 as an auxiliary nurse – similar to a healthcare assistant - before becoming a registered nurse.

She worked on the intensive care unit at King’s College Hospital in Lambeth in the 1908s and 1990s.

She said: “Working as an auxiliary nurse was such a rewarding career and it inspired me to become a registered nurse.

“When I retired, with time on my hands, I stood as public governor and was elected. I really wanted to help members of the public who have worries or complaints.”

Her daughter Linda started her career taking blood samples in the outpatients department at Bromley Hospital in 1998 and became part of the first team to move to the newly-built Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) in Farnborough Common, Orpington in 2003.

In 2011 she transferred to Orpington Hospital in Sevenoaks Road, where she now works as a healthcare assistant and link practitioner for infection prevention and control.

“As a child I watched my mother train to be a registered nurse and my grandmother worked in a nursing home in Scotland,” She said.

“It was the natural path for me to follow.”

Linda was also a very proud mum at this year’s International Nurses’ Day awards, where her daughter Aimee was named training nurse associate of the year.

Aimee started her NHS career taking blood samples at Orpington Hospital before she began her nurse training at the PRUH and Greenwich University.

She said: “I enjoy working at the PRUH - I am always learning and being encouraged to further my nursing training.

“When I was a child I remember popping into the PRUH and eating biscuits in the staff room with the matron while waiting for my mum to finish work. “Watching hospital life first-hand inspired me to become a nurse.”

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