The Independent London Newspaper
20th November 2018

Award for engineer who has worked at Royal Free Hospital for 40 years

    Stephen Ainger, non-executive director of the Hampstead NHS Trust, John Coughlan

    Stephen Ainger, non-executive director of the Hampstead NHS Trust, John Coughlan, and director of nursing Deborah Sanders

    Published: 19 January, 2015
    By TOM FOOT

    HE was first hired as a plumber when the Royal Free Hospital was built, and he was there when it was opened by the Queen in 1972.

    More than 40 years later John Coughlan has “risen through the ranks” to become the Hampstead NHS Trust’s maintenance craftsman engineer.

    The grandfather-of-three – a lifelong Camden resident – was given a special award for loyal service at a ceremony recognising 94 of the hospital’s longest-serving staff. 

    “This has been my home for 40 years,” he said. “It’s an achievement to have been here all this time. I’ve never wanted to leave, as I’ve enjoyed working with all my colleagues so much.” 

    Mr Coughlan added: “When I first worked here, the hospital was a shell. I started as a plumber’s labourer and have since risen through the ranks. Now I’m a maintenance craftsman, so I help with the plumbing, the fitting, electrics.”

    Kathy Ryan, a telephonist who has worked at the Trust for 50 years, was among the 94 staff who had worked between 25 and 40 years at the Royal Free. 

     

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