Julie Greenslade retired from the health service as a nurse in 2015, but last year answered the call to become a reservist to do her bit to help the NHS during the pandemic. And now she has been invited to an NHS anniversary service at St Paul’s Cathedral
As an NHS reservist, Julie Greenslade can count herself among those who have been supporting the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS. She joined as a reservist in September 2020 and has been supporting the programme ever since, mainly at the NNUH vaccination hub.
Julie joined the NHS in 1976 and spent 15 years working at the community hospital at Kelling followed by ten years as a prescribing practice nurse.
She says: ‘I was watching the news last year and I knew I needed to do something and knew I could support the vaccine programme. It has been amazing and has been a bit humbling.
‘The vaccination hub was such a happy place to work and I feel lucky that we are doing something to help to get rid of this pandemic and help find a way out of this.’
She adds: ‘There were lots of different clinical staff from different specialities that helped the vaccination programme – it was fantastic to be part of.’
Julie says she was ‘thrilled’ to receive an invitation from Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS, to a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on the 73rd anniversary of the NHS on July 5.