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Senior Matron Retires From Bradford Royal Infirmary After Three Decades Of Service
Matron Gez Barrett
A senior nurse whose career at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has spanned more than three decades has retired.

Gez Barrett was matron of Bradford Royal Infirmary’s (BRI’s) Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Pain Management Service and the Trust’s Westwood Park Diagnostic and Treatment Centre,

Chief Nurse, Karen Dawber, said: “Gez was one of our longest-serving matrons and spent all her working life at BRI.

“During her time with us, our critical care (ICU) service has changed and grown beyond all recognition.

“Our state-of-the-art 16-bed ICU, which she was instrumental in the planning and delivering of when it opened in 2016, is testament to the legacy she is leaving behind.

“We will miss her immensely but it’s been an absolute privilege to work with her.”

Gez, 56, was given a fond farewell by colleagues at her recent retirement gathering at the end of April.

She added: “I have enjoyed my time at Bradford Royal Infirmary immensely as I feel like I have been able to make a real difference to our patients and staff.

“It’s a team effort, everybody brings a special gift to ICU and it is about harnessing that spirit that makes Bradford the best.”

Gez, who lives in Cowling, completed her nursing degree in 1985 and held numerous nursing posts – all but one of which were in critical care– ranging from staff nurse to sister and practice and professional development specialist before becoming matron.

In 2007, she received an Inspiration Award at the West Yorkshire Critical Care Network’s Nursing Awards.

Last year, Gez won one of the top awards at the Trust’s annual awards ceremony for staff, while the ICU in situ simulation team – of which Gez as part of - was named Team of the Year.

Senior Matron Retires From Bradford Royal Infirmary After Three Decades Of Service, 1st May 2019, 15:23 PM