'Why I'm proud to be part of Sheffield's excellent health service'

NHS worker Jonathan Rowe is 54 years old and lives in Brincliffe.

Thursday, 20th December 2018, 11:00 am
Updated Thursday, 20th December 2018, 11:08 am
MY FAVOURITE THINGS FEATURE.....Pictured is Jonathan Rowe a Ward Manager at the Northern General Hospital......Pic Steve Ellis

He has been married to Christine since 1990. They have two children, both still at home, Jennifer, 24 and Simon, 23. They also have a dog called Tilly.

Jonathan has been the Ward Manager on Osborn One at the Spinal Injuries Unit at the Northern General Hospital since 2014. He's supported Sheffield Wednesday for as long as he can remember.

Endcliffe Park, one of Jonathan's favourite places for a walk

Banner Cross Methodist Church

Banner Cross is a real community church with lots of activities throughout the week. I've been a member for 30 years, met my wife through a house group and both our children were brought up attending Junior Church. Over the years I've taken part in many events and social activities. One of the most popular used to be our annual pantomime but sadly these have now fizzled out due to the lack of young people. The annual Christmas Fair is always fun and you'll usually find me on the bookstall

Endcliffe Park

We are very lucky in Sheffield to have so many parks and open spaces. Ecclesall Woods, Whirlow and Millhouses Park are favourites but I particularly like Endcliffe Park and to walk along through Porter Brook all the way to Forge Dam. When the children were small we used to take them to the playground there and café and have a slice of parkin or flapjack.

Mayfield Valley

I like to walk along here, sometimes going up to the Alpaca Farm at Ringinglow or climbing Jacob's Ladder and walking back along Ringinglow Road. In the winter when it's been snowing the countryside here is beautiful and I've taken many photos of this beautiful area.

City Centre

Compared to many other cities Sheffield does not have many grand buildings in the city centre but I've always enjoyed going to town on a Saturday, having lunch at John Lewis and browsing around the shops. I've seen many artists at Sheffield City Hall and enjoyed a behind the scenes tour earlier this year. I remember my Mum taking us to town when I was little and we'd go to the Castle Market where she'd buy tripe for my Grandad and a bag of broken biscuits for us. I also recall buying school things at Harrington's and having to clamber up into the roof space above the shop to try them on. Coming into town to see the Christmas lights always seemed to be a big thing when I was younger too. And of course Redgates was essential, I remember seeing Mother Christmas there in 1975.

NHS

I've worked for the NHS for 30 years, both at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and now Northern General Hospital. We really do have an excellent health service in this city and I'm proud to be a part of it. Over the years I've worked in various specialities such as Upper Gastro Intestinal surgery, Colorectal surgery, Stoma Care, Nurse Education and now Spinal Cord Injuries. I've had the privilege of working with some fantastic and inspirational people and also met many memorable patients. The pressures nowadays are immense and nursing has changed so much over the years. As the ward manager I enjoy being able to combine administrative work with clinical duties and getting to know our patients well as many stay with us for months or even over a year.

Ecclesall Road

I'm not a fan of Meadowhall. I'd much rather wander down Ecclesall Road, exploring the charity shops and trying out the many wonderful restaurants to be found in this part of the city. Ecclesall Road is our equivalent to London's King's Road.

Ecclesfield School

I went to Lound Infants at Chapeltown, Burncross Infants (now demolished), then Windmill Hill Juniors ending at Ecclesfield Comprehensive. I was always in trouble for something but had some wonderful teachers, particularly Mr Smith who taught French and inspired me to study it at degree level. I went to Preston and got a 2:1. Part of the degree course included spending a year in the south of France and although I loved it there and indeed have travelled extensively and also worked in Africa teaching English, I've always been happy to come back to Sheffield which is my home.