Gaynor Westray has been appointed as the new director of nursing and midwifery at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms Westray has spent her entire 30-year nursing career at the trust’s Arrowe Park Hospital. She replaced Jill Galvani in post, following her retirement last week.
“It was never hard to see the good in people while growing up in this hospital”
Ms Westray, 49, started her training at Arrowe Park in 1984 at the age of 17, before becoming a staff nurse, ward sister, matron, associate director of nursing and then deputy director of nursing.
She acknowledged that it was “unusual” for a nurse to commit their whole career to one trust, but described Arrowe Park as “such a great place to work”.
“I’m so proud of our Wirral hospitals, its staff and the care it provides for people in our community,” she said. “I’m very excited at taking over the role and I’m delighted to be leading our family of nurses and midwives.”
Ms Westray, who has also been appointed director of infection prevention and control, added: “I have worked with some fantastic people during my time at the trust. I have observed other members of staff and learned a lot from them. It was never hard to see the good in people while growing up in this hospital.”
She said: “As I have become more senior and have overseen the work of more people I’ve realised that effective staff support and patent care go hand in hand.
“I’ve made a conscious effort to work closely with all of the staff within the hospital, not just our nurses and midwives, and have noticed and fully appreciate how hard they all work every day,” she said.