In the Spotlight – Anne Finlay

What do you like best about your job?

Firstly, I must say the people I work with. Over the years I have made many lasting friendships and work with many of my best friends. I like working with the public and helping others after 29 years there must be a few good things that keep me here.

How did you end up in the Emergency Department?

I began working in Falkirk Royal Infirmary in 1984. At the time I only did nights and did not have a permanent ward therefore we met in a specific place and were allocated a ward to work in for the night. Following this I got a permanent positing working between short stay and the Emergency Department and ended up working in the Emergency Department full time.

A pressured job how do you cope?

The way to get through a difficult shift is to just get on with it. Within the Department I feel we always manage to see the funny side of things whether this be at the end of the shift or the next day, but laughter is the best medicine.

Is it like Casualty?

Couldn’t say as I do not watch it. But I can categorically say there are no relationships going on in the cupboards!!!

What do you do to relax and unwind?

I like spending time with my friends and family. Childminding seems to always be a priority. Also a few days away every other month… a couple of days to Spain visiting some of the major towns and cities and relaxing on the beach.

Greatest Achievement?

Working for the NHS for 30 years. It’s the longest thing I have ever done.

Funniest moment?

One time it was Halloween I dressed up as Chuckie and jumped out at a few colleagues. The expressions on their faces were priceless and there were a few choice words passed. In Falkirk many years ago I lay in an empty crutch box and jumped out at the unsuspecting members of staff who had gone to collect crutches. It also works well in pillow boxes. Being small – 4ft 9ins – has its advantages.

Ideal night out?

Ladies only night. Good food, good drink, good music and good company.

What make you laugh out loud?

Love a bit of banter and a wicked sense of humour. Also my best friend’s driving (you know who you are Avril Morrison!).

Your one wish?

To visit St Lucia for a month for a totally chilled holiday! Oh and world peace!