Gateshead NHS scientist retires after 40 years of service

Posted on Tue, 05/10/2021

Chris Charlton

A well-respected NHS scientist is retiring today – exactly 40 years since he started his career with Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Chris Charlton, who most recently has been the operations director for clinical support and screening, started at Gateshead NHS Trust in the pathology department as a trainee biomedical scientist exactly 40 years ago – on the 5th October 1981.

One of Chris’ biggest achievements is the formation of the South of Tyne and Wear Clinical Pathology Service and the Pathology Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, which continues to be light years ahead of other pathology services, not just in this country, but across the world.

Chris also wrote the first lab operating system for histology (a branch of biology that looks at tissue) and even featured in the local newspaper following his efforts. He later went on to work on the installation of the ICE system in the Trust, a system that connects GPs and secondary care.

Joanne Baxter, chief operating officer at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Chris has provided invaluable support and expertise to so many of us here at Gateshead over the years. He has truly had a career to be proud of, working hard to provide the very best for the patients of Gatehead. He has been an asset to our Trust and staff and will be a huge miss to us all.

Thank you Chris for all your hard work and service, and we all wish you the best for the future."

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