Tracey retires from the NHS after 37 years

Tracey Wright at her leaving party after 37 years in the NHS.
Tracey Wright at her leaving party after 37 years in the NHS.

After 37 years in the NHS, following in the footsteps of her parents, Tracey Wright is leaving the NHS.

She has worked in a range of roles in East and North Yorkshire and said: “I would recommend the NHS to anyone, it’s a great institution.”

Tracey can even thank the NHS for introducing her to her husband, Mike, who was an ambulance driver who brought her six patients on Christmas Day in 1985.

She said: “I started at East Riding General at Driffield, doing my training at the hospital where my mum and dad, Margaret and Ted Drury, were nurses.

“My dad was a hero of mine. He had a lot of health problems with diabetes but he had huge respect from everyone and he was a wonderful gentleman.

“When Bridlington Hospital opened in 1988 we were transferred there and I worked on Johnson Ward.”

She returned to Driffield and was promoted to ward sister and then came back to work at Lloyd Ward in Bridlington in the 1990s.

“I was then asked by Scarborough Hospital whether I would go and run their gastro-surgical ward Beech Ward, with an idea they would consider me for a matron’s post,” she said.

“As a matron I did things like a total revamp of the outpatients departments at Bridlington and Scarborough and upgrading the Bridlington theatres.

“In the last couple of years, I have changed jobs and instead of being a matron, I was head of patient flow at York, Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals.

“That involves making the sure the capacity matches the demand. Can I create beds in the right places, make sure that discharges happen at the right time, and planning 
refurbishment works.

“Winter months are especially difficult, and you might have to close some of the 
surgery in order to have enough beds for emergency cases. It was a tremendous challenge.”

Tracey, who plays for Bridlington Hockey Club, is looking forward to a new challenge outside the NHS, working at Heritage House, a new nursing home in Bridlington, and helping out her family’s Cafe Society in Bridge Street.