Adele’s story

Name: Adele Skinner

Role: Practice Nurse

Started with the NHS: 1983

What was your first job in the NHS: Staff Nurse, Surgical Ward, Pinderfield Hospital, Wakefield

What led you to choose a career in the NHS: My mum had MS and I was a young carer with my sister, I always wanted to be a physio or a nurse.

What is the one experience that you will never forget from your time with the NHS: I qualified as a midwife in 1987 and my first independent delivery was twins who I still keep in touch with to this day. Every day is an experience even after 40 years.

Do you have a funny story to share:  Too many to recall, but ‘Squirrelgate’ at Wayside not long ago was pretty hilarious. We discovered a squirrel in our store room and you have never heard a nurse and receptionist scream so loudly, as it leapt over our heads and scampered down the corridor. Our lovely patients were all trying to help catch it, but it disappeared.

What has been your greatest achievement: My three children and grandchildren and my career.

What are your hopes for the future: To have a happy and healthy retirement and spend lots of time in the Caribbean