Staff spotlight: anatomical pathology technician
Chantel is an anatomical pathology technician, working as part of our mortuary team.
‘My career initially started out in a very different place to a hospital mortuary; I actually studied fashion styling at university! However, when I discovered that getting into the fashion industry was an unattainable goal for me, I decided to pursue a very different career pathway and wanted to give back to society. This included starting off as a carer in a nursing home and moving on to a hospital environment to further my career.
‘Now I work in the mortuary, where we look after patients who have passed away. The role includes assisting the pathologist during post-mortem and conducting viewings for family members. It sounds a bit morbid, but my favourite part of my job is making patients look suitable for the viewings. Helping a family cope with the loss of a loved one is such an important thing that we are able to do, and it’s so rewarding to make something that can be quite a negative experience into something a little more positive.
‘It can be quite a tough environment to work in sometimes, because you have to support families that are grieving their loved ones. You’re there for one of the worst days in a family’s life, and it’s up to you to be a face of reassurance for them.
‘I think it’s really important to change the perception of a mortuary being a really dark, sinister environment. The department is very private and respectful and the people that work here are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. At the end of the day, it’s our duty to care for patients, even when they’ve passed away.
‘This role is for people that are really passionate about patient care. That’s the most important thing. We’re a very close team that embraces positivity in an unlikely environment, and caring for our patients is really our top priority.’
If you’re looking for a role in our pathology department, you can find our current healthcare scientist vacancies here.