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Nurse’s 40 years of caring for patients

Antoinette Whitrick working at Scarborough Hospital last week, as she prepared to celebrate 40 years in nursing
Antoinette Whitrick working at Scarborough Hospital last week, as she prepared to celebrate 40 years in nursing

Tuesday was a milestone for nurse Antoinette Whitrick, as she celebrated 40 years in the profession.

Bridlington born and bred, she celebrated the achievement with a well-deserved day off, after working a night shift the day before.

She insists she has no regrets about choosing her career. “I have always wanted to do it for as long as I can remember,” said Antoinette.

“I was a Red Cross cadet as a girl and used to enjoy going to events and being in the first aid tent. I wouldn’t change anything, although it is very different now.”

Antoinette started at Bempton Lane Hospital on May 1, 1978.

After training at Hull Royal Infirmary, she worked at the old Avenue Hospital in Bridlington until 1985 when she moved into community nursing, working out of Bridlington Medical Centre and then the town’s hospital.

After further training, she achieved a District Nurse diploma, a degree in Health Care Studies and a post-graduate certificate at Masters level in Health and Social Care Management.

“I retired in 2014 but joined a private agency and do regular shifts at Scarborough Hospital,” said Antoinette, who has a daughter Roxanne, son-in-law Jonathan and grandson Hadley.

“It was a complete change again, with new colleagues, but I keep bumping into 
old patients.

“The biggest change since I started is life expectancy. When I started out, people lived to three score years and 10, and now it is not unusual to see several people on one ward who have passed 100.”