Congratulations and happy retirement to clinical coder Helen Brewer, who has been a valuable member of the administrative team at Corby for nearly 19 years.
Helen said: 'When I first started no-one did clinical coding so it was an "up and coming" thing. I had previous experience of it having worked in a hospital in Basingstoke so that is how I got this job.
'I started at Cottingham Road in a small team, sorting letters for relevant doctors and highlighting, or 'pinking' the information that needed coding. There have been a lot of changes over the years, both in technology and in growth as, when I started there were only about eight GPs at the practice and obviously Lakeside has expanded massively since then.'
She is planning to take a couple of holidays and continue her hobbies of gardening and art: 'There are so many memories but I and my colleagues have shared some really great times and I will definitely keep in touch with them!'
Helen received many gifts and cards. Presenting her with a decorative planter Dr Sudeep Rai said: 'Today is a very sad day for us … We have always found you really helpful and approachable. You have been such a part of the team you have meant the whole world to us and we have appreciated your hard work hugely. You are going to be greatly missed.'
Nancy Woodall, Patient Service Administrator said: 'Helen is a major part of the administrative team. She has many years of experience in clinical coding and has shared her knowledge and experience with many team members over the years. On a personal note, Helen has been a friend to us all and we are a close team. We all wish Helen all the very best as she leaves to start her long-awaited retirement and spend quality time with her husband, Andy.'
Hub Manager Emma Downs said: 'Helen has been a cornerstone of the administrative team at Corby for many years. Her coding skills are of the highest standard but along with this she has proven to be a great support to her colleagues across the hub, happy to support in any area when needed. Helen has been generous in her sharing of knowledge and there are many people in Lakeside and other Primary Care organisations who are better coders because of her. She will be missed by us all and we wish her a long and happy retirement.'