HUMANS OF THE HOSPITAL: Celebrating 40 years of Mount Druitt Hospital – Wendy White

“I’ve been working at Mount Druitt Hospital for 40 years.

My first day was one week after Queen Elizabeth II opened the hospital, so I just missed seeing her.

When the hospital first opened, we were at the forefront of technology; we had computers in our bookings office that no one else had which was exciting. I worked on the switchboard my first five years and have worked in surgical bookings for the last 35 years.

Mount Druitt Hospital services the local community and is quite beloved. You very rarely hear complaints about the hospital which makes me proud to work here.

My favourite part about working at Mount Druitt has to be the staff. From the doctors to the gardeners to the domestics – everyone smiles and says hello as you walk past, even if you don’t know each other.

If you had asked me 20 years ago, I would have said that I knew everyone here. However now, I’d say I know about 80 per cent of staff.

We really are like family here as so many staff have been here for so long. Just in our office, no one’s been here under 25 years, which I think speaks volumes to the culture at Mount Druitt.

In November, I’ll finally be retiring. I really enjoy my work, but what I’ll miss most is the staff. I will definitely stay in touch with everyone.”

– Wendy White, surgical bookings clerk at Mount Druitt Hospital.

Celebrating 40 years of Mount Druitt Hospital

‘Humans of the Hospital’ is dedicated to the inspiring humans working at Westmead, Blacktown, Mount Druitt Auburn and Cumberland hospitals in western Sydney.