Janet retires after 33 years

Housekeeping staff at West Suffolk Hospital with Janet Gould, who is retiring after 33 years
Housekeeping staff at West Suffolk Hospital with Janet Gould, who is retiring after 33 years

A LONG-SERVING housekeeper at West Suffolk Hospital is calling it a day after 33 years.

Janet Gould, 65, had just had her second child when she started at the Bury St Edmunds hospital in 1979.

On Wednesday, Janet was on the wards for the last time, with colleagues marking her departure the day before with cake and goodbyes.

She said it was the hospital’s atmosphere which had kept her there.

“I just love it here, all the things going on around you while you work,” she said.

She recalls there being a ‘lot less paperwork’ in the early days.

“There have been a lot of changes in that time and more things we have to adhere to. It can be stressful at times but the girls are always supportive and I’ve made good friends,” she said.

She said she would use her retirement to spend more time with her newborn grandchild and indulging her love of line-dancing.

She is also a member of a number of twinning association committees.