Legend Jimmy Just Keeps Going!

3rd July 2023
Jimmy Chapman Category Winner presented with award

This week as we celebrate the 75th birthday of the NHS, we are taking the opportunity to highlight the great work and dedication of 87 year old Jimmy Chapman who is a stalwart of the South Eastern HSC Trust.  Jimmy has spent the past 28 years of his life carrying out his duties as a Charge Porter in the Lisburn area.  He is a key member of staff and is highly thought of by all who meet him on the Lagan Valley Hospital site.

He has witnessed many amazing and historical changes within the Health Service over the years, including the recent opening of the new state of the art Lisburn Primary and Community Care Centre which has brought key services that care for the local community together under one roof.

Jimmy was delighted to be awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2022 Queen Honours list for services to health, he explained, “I was really pleased that someone had thought that much of me to put me up for the award. I was over the moon that I was recognised in this way, it meant a lot to me and my family.

“I have worked in the Health Service for 28 years now, I started when I was 59 and I just love it, it fills my day with routine and it keeps me busy.  I like that. I enjoy helping people who need directions or assistance to get to somewhere on site, it’s nice to be able to help get them where they need to be, on time. I really enjoy working with the staff, there are so many great people and I have made lots of friendships over the years. I have no thoughts of retiring, I just don’t know what I would do with myself all day, I will keep working as long as I am healthy.”

Jimmy has also been a recipient of the Trust’s Chairman’s awards, winning the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ category in 2018.

Facilities Manager, Jacqueline McComb who works closely with Jimmy added, “Jimmy is a real asset to the health centre, he epitomises the Health Service values, showing care and compassion for staff and patients as he goes about his job every day.”