A family affair at Westmead Hospital: ‘I’m proud of my boys’

Westmead and Auburn Hospitals operations director Debbie Sharpe with her sons Jordan and Mitch.

Sunday May 12 is Mother’s Day; a day where many families spoil their mums with breakfast in bed, gifts, luscious lunches or dinners, spending quality time together or catching up over the phone.

The Pulse caught up with one mother, Debbie Sharpe, who has worked in health for 38 years whose husband also works at Westmead and so do her two sons.

The dedicated mother of two is Westmead and Auburn hospitals’ operations director. Debbie provides leadership, operational management and support within the Division of Medicine & Cancer, as well as a variety of specialist programs across the health district – most recently Auburn Hospital.

Happy Mother’s Day mum: Debbie with her sons Jordan and Mitch.

Deb’s sons Mitch, 21, and Jordan, 18, work as porters at Westmead Hospital, balancing university studies and work commitments.

“It’s comforting and kind of weird having both my sons working in the same hospital,” Deb confessed.

“When I see them around the wards they normally greet me with ‘Hi Debbie’, a head nod or ‘Mumsy’ when they want money or something.”

Westmead Hospital orderlies Jordan and Mitch Sharpe wish their mum Debbie a Happy Mother’s Day! 

Deb said she’s looking forward to Mother’s Day but not expecting one of the traditional spoils from her boys.

“On Sunday I doubt I will get breakfast in bed as they sleep until midday. I’ll treat myself to a gym class, watch Jordan play rugby and get stuck into the washing,” she said.

“They’ve taught themselves to cook and occasionally have dinner prepared by the time I get home – which is really nice.

“I’m proud of my boys and thank the general services teams for mentoring and supporting them when they started.”

Deb said working in a hospital environment has meant missing some significant days over the years, and she thanked the mums who will be working this Mother’s Day.

“You learn to make up for missing some of these special times in other ways – a weekend away, a special breakfast or coffee date; something you enjoy doing together.”

Both boys agree it’s great working in the same location as mum as they are guaranteed a lift each day and arrive on time.

Westmead Hospital orderly Jordan Sharpe says “health is in their blood”.

“It’s good having mum around and it’s kind of a novelty. In the car we chat about our day and not many families get to do that,” Mitch said.

“Most people know us because of our parents – Dad is a medical radiation scientist and has worked at Westmead since it opened.

“Health is in our blood!” Jordan added.

“The Westmead porters team are great and we both look forward coming to work.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all!