Biomedical Scientist retires after 50 years’ NHS service

A long-serving biomedical scientist at University Hospital, Coventry, has retired after an incredible 50 years of helping doctors to diagnose and treat patients.

Paul Lawson, who lives in Coventry, has worked in the labs of six different hospitals in Coventry over the course of his long NHS career.

Paul started his career in science straight after leaving school in 1967, washing and sterilising beakers, test tubes and petri dishes, before he started his training to analyse samples from patients. Paul progressed to become Assistant Pathology Lab Manager, before moving into the area of Information Technology and pathology data.

There have been a lot of changes in pathology over the last 50 years, which Paul has witnessed first-hand. Traditional techniques, films and paper records have given way to fully digital high-definition images like those used at University Hospital, which are improving diagnosis for patients, as well as international knowledge about pathology.

Paul plans to spend his retirement travelling more, building a computer, and spending more time following his great sporting love – cricket.

Paul Lawson said:
“Over the last 50 years, I’ve seen a lot of change, but I’ve really enjoyed coming to work each day in the labs at hospitals across Coventry.

“I’ve also been really lucky to spend my time working with some amazing colleagues.

“While I’m looking forward to retiring, it’s been fantastic to be part of a close team, which is contributing to people’s health.”

Neil Anderson, Director of Clinical Diagnostics at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, said:
“Paul will be sorely missed by all the team at University Hospital, and I wish him all the best for his retirement. He’s made such a great contribution to improving care for patients across Coventry and Warwickshire.

“There have been some fantastic improvements in pathology in Coventry and Warwickshire over the last 50 years, and I know that a lot of them would not have been possible without Paul.”