CONCOCTING cough medicines and making ointments from scratch formed part of Jean Weston’s daily job when she started working for the NHS almost five decades ago.
The 65-year-old started work as a pharmacy technician in 1964 at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.
Since then Jean has worked at St Mary’s Hospital, Milton, and the former eye and ear hospital in Southsea.
She said: ‘The role is very different to when I first started.
‘We used to make cough medicines and make other liquids and ointments from scratch.
‘We also used to make eye drops and ear drops.
‘For some things like cough medicine we would make a batch and have it on the shelf.
‘Other things we would make on order for a patient.
‘Now the majority of the medicine is bought in.’
Jean, of Auriol Drive, Bedhampton, took a short break from the role while she had her daughter Elizabeth.
And once her daughter was going to school, she took up her health job once again.
‘It’s always been an area that has interested me,’ said Jean.
‘The NHS has changed so much from when I started and continues to do so.
‘It has become much bigger and people’s survival rates are improving all the time.’
For the past eight years Jean has worked as a senior pharmacy technician at St James’ Hospital, Milton.
She officially retired on Friday and says she will miss the team.
‘I will miss my colleagues very much as they are a great crowd who really care about the patients,’ she said.
‘It has been an interesting job that I have never got bored of. If you enjoy where you’re working then I don’t see why you need to look elsewhere.’
Jean plans to enjoy retirement with her husband Henry, 70.