Sheffield pharmacist signs off after 42-year hospital career

Steve Dorey
Steve Dorey

A long-serving pharmacist who has helped thousands of Sheffield patients for more than four decades has retired.

Steve Dorey dedicated his entire professional career to hospitals in the city, and even met his wife Mary while working at the Sheffield Royal Infirmary in 1975.

He has now left his final job as an Information Management and Technology Pharmacist, based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Steve saw many major changes during his 42-year career at what is now Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, including the opening of the Hallamshire and the introduction of computerised and robotic systems in the pharmacy.

He met Mary while she was working as a pre-registration pharmacist.

“I’d better say that is the highlight of my time here or I might be kicked out the house,” he said.

“Forty-two years is a long time, but being a pharmacist is quite a specific career. I always preferred hospital to retail and I have stayed in Sheffield largely for family reasons.”

Steve, aged 64, started at the Infirmary in 1972, while the Royal Hallamshire was still being built.

After qualifying as a pharmacist he was in charge of the production unit before moving to the Hallamshire when it opened in 1978, where he worked in non-sterile production making creams and ointments.

He was heavily involved in implementing the pharmacy computer system, and also witnessed the increase in the use of robotic systems for sorting drugs. In more recent years he helped set up Boots Pharmacy in the Hallamshire.

Steve said he was ready to hand over to someone new after reducing his hours towards the end of his career.

“It will be strange not getting the bus in every day,” he said. “I think I will miss the people more than anything else. But I am quite happy to step aside now and let someone else do it.

“My main hobby is photography and I am looking forward to having more time to spend doing that.”