TWO dedicated members of the team at Inverclyde Royal have been honoured for racking up 100 years of service between them. 

Healthcare assistant Anne King and night shift porter Glen Stevenson have each worked for the NHS for an incredible 50 years. 

Bosses at the hospital organised celebratory tea parties for Glen and Anne to mark their half-century milestones. 

Anne, 66, started working for the NHS at the age of just 16 when she took up a post at the old Bridge of Weir Hospital.

Since then, she has held several roles including caring for older people, working day and night shifts in the surgical department, covering night shifts in accident and emergency for 10 years, and most recently working in the fracture clinic at Inverclyde. 

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Anne says the highlight of her job is seeing patients get better.

The mum-of-one, from Greenock, said: "I’m so proud I’ve managed to do it. I absolutely love my job. I could retire now but I don’t want to, I'd miss it too much.

"In my department, we often see the same people for quite a while coming back and forth getting dressings changed and things, and it's lovely to see them getting better and better each week. 

"I like having a wee joke and a laugh with them, that’s a big thing.

"We have a great team - we get on so well and we all help each other."

Glen, 68, started with the NHS when he was 18 and worked at Ravenscraig Hospital before moving to Inverclyde Royal. 

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He joked that even though hitting the 50-year milestone makes him feel 'ancient', he has no immediate plans to retire. 

Glen, who has three grown up children and one granddaughter, said: "I can't actually believe it's been 50 years with the NHS.

"I work with a great team of people, I've been lucky that way.

"The hospital managers organised a tea party for me with sandwiches and cakes, and a lot of the other porters came down for it.

"I was worried that I might have to do a speech but they've said that can wait until I eventually retire!”

Louise Watson, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde site lead for IRH, said: "We're privileged to be able to recognise Anne and Glen for their incredible long service.

"They both play key roles in ensuring patients get the best possible experience at the hospital.

"Their many years of service are invaluable to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and we would like to thank them for their continuing hard work and dedication."