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Faces of Peninsula Health – Meet Peter Ryan

Behind the scenes, there are many dedicated staff members like Peter Ryan, who help keep the health service running every day.

“Cleaners have a very important role – we keep the germs away,” says Peter, who is part of Peninsula Health’s Environmental Services Team.

“If it wasn’t for our team the place would be a mess!”

Peter started at Peninsula Health seven years ago, and has enjoyed working in different areas of the health service.

“I started as a PSA but then I decided that wasn’t for me,” he explains.

“Then I got a job as the pot man, scrubbing pots and pans in the kitchen.”

This role led Peter into cleaning. He started cleaning the kitchen and then took on a new role, cleaning in the Emergency Department (ED).

“There were lots of early starts when I worked in ED.”

“Then last year I got a job working in Environmental Services during the day, which I love.”

Each day Peter is responsible for cleaning some of the busiest areas of the hospital, including the main entrance.

“Every day I clean the toilets, floors, sinks and offices.”

“I’ve been given some good feedback – the other week my manager called me up to tell me what a great job I did cleaning the main stairwell which was nice.”

Peter got his first taste for working at Peninsula Health when he was still at school and did work experience at Frankston Hospital as a teenager.

Almost a decade later, Peter is just as passionate about working for his local hospital as he was when he was a student.

“I love working here, I love working for the hospital,” says Peter.

Outside of work, the Frankston local enjoys going to the gym.

“I lift weights and do classes – my favourite is Zumba,” says Peter.

“Everyone at work and the gym loves me because I’m always happy.”

Peter is not sure what he hopes to do in the future – but he is open to whatever new opportunities working at Peninsula Health presents him with.

“I like working at the hospital because I like being around people – I’m a people person.”

“I hope to keep learning in the future and maybe try a few new roles, I’m just not sure what yet.”