Elsie Gilding, 93: Energetic Director of Well being Companies in East London | The lives of the readers


During Elsie Gilding’s nearly four decades as NHS hospital manager in London’s East End, she typically had a long queue of staff outside her office. They waited to talk to her not only about hospital matters, but also about personal ones. She saw them all, “taking their time, patiently listening, learning, advising and helping,” as one colleague described her. In the words of another person, she “walked around the hospital every day, visiting departments, thanking people for their efforts and hard work, supporting them and creating goodwill. She always spent time with the sickest patients.”

It was Elsie’s compassion and unwavering determination to provide the best quality of healthcare that propelled her to the forefront of the profession. in 1990,