TRIBUTES have been paid to a pioneering nurse who began her career in Sunderland.
Shirley Burridge, pictured, died in London’s Hammersmith Hospital after undergoing major surgery which included an open heart operation.
She trained in nursing in the 1960s at Sunderland’s Royal Infirmary, where she became one of the youngest Nursing Sisters, working in the theatre and managing Ward 10.
She continued her career in Newark and Lincoln before being appointed as Matron of the BUPA Hospital, Bushey, which gained a high reputation for its ‘nursing excellence’ during her 12 years in charge.
Shirley, the wife of former Sunderland and Durham County cricketer Alan Burridge, cared for thousands of sick and ailing people during her 40 years’ nursing in the NHS and BUPA, acquiring a reputation as one of the best managers in the service.
She is survived by husband of more than 50 years, daughter Katharine and grandchildren Richard, Elizabeth and Stephanie.
A service was held at Watford Crematorium this week and it is planned to have a memorial service for family and friends in Sunderland at a later date.