Gary Steen

Gary Steen was born in Brighton in 1964. He has been working in IT with Royal Sussex County Hospital since 1990.

Gary talks about how he came to work in IT, originally training as an electrician, followed by a role in IT at American Express for five years before moving to London for three years.  He returned to Brighton in 1990, for a small IT role at Brighton General Hospital.

Gary speaks about the history of the first computer system being introduced in the early 1980s before he started working in the NHS. The first extensive one was the patient registration system around 1984 (made by ICI), which was housed in two rooms, used a lot of power and had minimal storage; the hard drive was the size of a washing machine. In the early 1990s, only some doctors had PCs.

He talks about the different systems that have been used over the years, the replacement of systems, and the different roles he has had during his employment at Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Recorded on 16/12/2019 in Brighton, UK.

Oral history: Gary Steen