Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Annette Tracey
Nurse Annette Tracey celebrates 45 years at the George Eliot Hospital this week, including 33 years within its busy breast care unit.
Annette is the longest serving member of the breast care team providing breast care support to people before, during and after their treatment or operation, if required. Her role provides general advice and specialist support and is an invaluable part of the team of consultants, nurses, breast care assistants and radiologists.
Annette has seen many changes over the years to breast care services and had a pivotal role setting up the unit at the George Eliot in 1986, and also introducing breast screening services 30 years ago. In 2015 Annette was asked to represent the Trust at a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
The unit at the Trust also undertakes its own reconstruction operations and last year welcomed the new installation of state of the art mammogram equipment.
Annette said: “I have seen many changes over the years at the hospital and met some lovely people. I still love my job and don’t intend to retire just yet!”
Fellow nursing specialists, Jane Randle and Claire Murphy have worked with or known Annette for many years. Jane has worked at the hospital for 44 years herself this year, including 20 years within the breast care unit, while Claire has worked at the hospital 20 years this summer.
Claire Murphy said: “Annette (and my mother) actually inspired me to become a breast care nurse, as my own mother had breast cancer 30 years ago when I was five and Annette was her nurse.”
Annette encourages anyone in the Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire area to come to the George Eliot Hospital to ensure they have a regular mammogram and attend appointments when provided.
Further information about breast care services at George Eliot Hospital can be found on their dedicated web page
Annette with some of the members of the Breast Care Team