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Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust manages two hospitals, Stafford Hospital and Cannock Chase Hospital. We provide healthcare to people in Stafford, Cannock, Rugeley and surrounding areas serving a population of around 276,500.

Mortician shares a ‘day in the life’ on TV

04 February 2013

A Stafford Hospital mortician will appear on a BBC TV programme next week.

Lisa Jones, who is profoundly deaf, will appear on See Hear - the magazine programme for the deaf community.

The programme will show a ‘day in the life’ of Lisa, who allowed the film crew access to her home and work life back in November.

The crew wanted to know about Lisa’s job in Histopathology and the Mortuary and how she interacts with colleagues.

Lisa, who lives in Stafford, gradually lost her hearing from the age of four onwards.

“I have worked for Stafford Hospital as a Biomedical Scientist in the Histopathology department for 14 years and a Mortician for nine,” said Lisa.

“The See Hear programme editor/director is a friend of mine and thought that my job was interesting enough to be part of their 'A Day In The Life Of...' series.

“It was quite daunting to be followed around by the cameras all day – they even filmed me eating my breakfast. I enjoyed it though, and am looking forward to seeing the finished programme. My family back in Durham can’t wait either – they’re very proud of all that I have achieved.”

Lisa, who was part of the Team GB ladies football team at the Deaflympics in Australia in 2005, says she has never let her disability hold her back.

“I’ve never really considered my deafness to be a hindrance in my career but I have had to work harder than the average person to get where I am,” she said.

“I have had to make people deaf aware. I’m very proud of my colleagues here at the hospital for trying to learn basic sign language to help overcome any communication barriers.”

“My disability does not stop me from doing a professional job, and I think with the proper dedication and effort, deafness should not be a barrier to anyone looking towards a similar career.”

See Hear will be shown on BBC 2 Wednesday February 6, at 10.30am.

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