After 40 years of caring for Croydon, nurse practitioner Tracy Dickie retired today… but we couldn’t let her go without saying an extra big ‘thank you’
Colleagues past and present surprised Tracy with gifts, flowers and an afternoon tea party. After so many years of caring for people in our borough, we thought it was about time that we looked after her.
Over four decades of being part of the NHS in Croydon, Tracy has worked in the Emergency Department as a staff nurse, sister, and matron and then as a trained Nurse Practitioner. Today she was described as the “heart and soul” of the Edgecombe Unit – a ‘one stop’ service at CUH set up to give specific patients, especially the frail and elderly, rapid access to hospital treatment – without having to wait in A&E.
Tracy Dickie said:
“I’ve absolutely enjoyed every single moment. Croydon has been my life since I was 18 years old.
“I worked in Purley War Memorial Hospital when there were still theatres there, and at Croydon University Hospital I am so proud of what we have achieved, especially the Edgecombe Unit.
“There is so much history and experience here. It’s a family [at the Trust] and I am really going to miss everyone”
Tracy is packing up her bags and is emigrating to Spain with her husband, Michael. She plans to spend her time relaxing in the sunshine and volunteering for local charities.
Clinical Director, Dr Reza Motazed said:
“We are really going to miss Tracy. After 40 years she given so much to our community and always goes that extra mile to help our patients and colleagues. She is a true superhero and, for me, she has made working in Croydon and at the Trust just a joy.”
Trust CEO Matthew Kershaw added:
“Tracy is an example to us all. Just seeing the number of colleagues that have turned out to say thank you and wish her well says much about the family ethos of the Trust, but even more about Tracy. She is fab, valued and respected. We will miss her greatly.”