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George Ashley, Housekeeper

Proudly Supporting Hospice Care Week 2023

Hi, I'm George Ashley, a Housekeeper at St Luke's.

I’m originally from Ghana but I came to Britain in 2009, got a job at St Luke’s – and I’ve been here ever since.

I was thinking when I arrived that I’d be furthering my education but when I got this job I just felt like this was what I really wanted and needed to do.

There’s a lot of cleaning to be done but apart from that the job can include everything from making beds and even sorting flowers for patients.

I enjoy the fact that being a housekeeper means you don’t just do one thing. We liaise with other departments, the doctors and nursing teams, for instance, making sure that cleaning doesn’t clash with medical care.

But one of the things I really like is that we always have the time to chat with the patients – they don’t see the difference between the doctor and the housekeeper, they just enjoy having somebody to talk to.

It’s nice when a new patient comes in and you get the chance to get to talk to them and their families.

And I also like that we are all working together as a team – housekeepers, doctors, nurses, everybody – you don’t always get that atmosphere anywhere else.

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