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Fab Four recognised for International Nurses’ Day

Published: 12/05/2023

Four of BSMHFT’s brilliant nurses have been personally thanked on International Nurses’ Day, by senior members of Team BSMHFT, after clocking up almost 200 years of service to the NHS. 

Pat Minihane, Fitz Meikle, Fez Sookia and Michael Griffin were today (Friday 12 May) surprised by our Deputy Chief Executive Patrick Nyarumbu and Interim Chief Nurse Steve Forsyth who expressed their personal gratitude for the years the ‘Fab Four’ have dedicated to service users and patients. 

Fez, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner has dedicated 53 years of his life to the NHS. Originally from Mauritius, Fez works part time following his retirement as Ward Manager in 2004 and is believed to be the longest serving member of the Trust. 

Pat is approaching 50 years’ service in June. Pat who is originally from West Cork in Ireland has always worked as part of Team BSMHFT and as part of the AOT Solihull Team for the last 13 years. 

Matron Fitz works with the Zinnia Centre team on Saffron and Lavender Ward and at Newbridge House. Fitz has this year completed 46 years’ service. He worked for Hollymoor Hospital – along with Pat and Fez – before moving to Solihull Healthcare and later becoming part of Team BSMHFT in April 2001. 

Community Psychiatric Nurse Mick Griffin is celebrating 48 years in the NHS. Mick started out as a Nursing Assistant in 1975 at the former Rubery Hill Hospital and has worked within his current team at South Hub Community Mental Health team for the last 10 years, following his retirement as Matron in Older Adults.   

All part of this year’s International Nurses’ Day celebrations, the four were congratulated by Patrick and Steve and had their photos taken to mark the occasion. 

BSMHFT’s Deputy Chief Executive Patrick Nyarumbu, said: 

“It's fitting that on Nurses Day we celebrate Fez, Fitz, Mick and Pat – four of our 1,303 nurses in Team BSMHFT. It’s truly incredible the years of commitment and compassion that they have given to service users and we are very grateful to them.” 

A huge congratulations and thank you to our ‘Fab Four’ and for all of our other nurses within Team BSMHFT who have dedicated many years of their lives to the NHS. Happy International Nurses’ Day!

Patrick Nyarumbu, Pat Minihane, Fitz Meikle, Fez Sookia, Michael Griffin, Steve Forsyth
Patrick Nyarumbu, Pat Minihane, Fitz Meikle, Fez Sookia, Michael Griffin, Steve Forsyth