Dedicated St Thomas' Hospital chef celebrates 50 years in NHS - without ever once taking a day off sick

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn


A dedicated St Thomas' Hospital chef – who has never taken a sick day in her working life – is celebrating 50 years in the NHS.

When Louisa Batista started working at the London hospital aged just 18, Edward Heath had just become prime minister and Mungo Jerry was number one with their hit Summertime.

She started the job five days after arriving from Portugal and spoke very little English.

Five decades later she is still working in the same kitchen, and has zero intention of retiring.

She says the day she hangs up her saucepan, will be the day "God kicks her out".

"I enjoy it, every minute, since the day I started, well, the day I started I wanted to go back," she tells ITV News.

"But then I got used to it, and I love it, every minute."