HOT STUFF: Despite the stifling conditions in summer, Chris Russell says working in the laundry has been her favourite role during 40 years of service at the Mater Hospital in Bundaberg.
HOT STUFF: Despite the stifling conditions in summer, Chris Russell says working in the laundry has been her favourite role during 40 years of service at the Mater Hospital in Bundaberg.

Fascinating four decades at hospital

CHRIS Russell has seen many changes during her four decades of service at the Mater Hospital in Bundaberg.

Chris began at the Mater as a casual worker in the hospitality department.

She later moved into the laundry, washing patients' clothing, bedding and clinical uniforms.

Summertime in the laundry was steamy, Chris recalled, working among large washing machines and extractor spinners with steam-operated rollers.

Nonetheless she enjoyed the work immensely.

FAMILIAR FACE: Chris Russell has clocked up 40 years at the Mater Hospital.
FAMILIAR FACE: Chris Russell has clocked up 40 years at the Mater Hospital.

"I felt a sense of accomplishment with my two work colleagues as we completed weekly laundering for the 83-bed hospital,” she said.

"It has been my favourite role”.

Chris said the Mater's laundry "family” had been close-knit and often met outside of work.

Both Chris's mother and her uncle worked at the Mater, making it a bit of a family tradition.

LONG CAREER: A younger Chris Russell with Sr Bev.
LONG CAREER: A younger Chris Russell with Sr Bev.

When day surgery began at the Mater began in 1999, fewer staff were required in the laundry and Chris moved back into hospitality - and for the first time working with patients.

"The highlight of my day is the strong friendships shared with work colleagues and the precious opportunity when a patient invites you into their life through conversation in the course of my day at work,” Chris said.

A Mater spokesman said all staff at the hospital congratulated Chris on her 40 years of service.

CONGRATULATIONS: Chris Russell wit Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland CEO Lynne Sheehan and Mater Hospital executive officer Ivan Rasmussen.
CONGRATULATIONS: Chris Russell wit Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland CEO Lynne Sheehan and Mater Hospital executive officer Ivan Rasmussen.


'Girl On Fire' swoops in to see Bundy's chicken whisperer

premium_icon 'Girl On Fire' swoops in to see Bundy's chicken whisperer

EVERY girl has a spark inside, including stunt artist Ky Furneaux

Mercury to drop with chilly mornings on the way

premium_icon Mercury to drop with chilly mornings on the way

A dry air mass has swept across the state

Local Partners