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Tributes paid to nurse and community stalwart Judith Douglas

By Debbie Sutton

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to nursing sister and passionate campaigner for the Alfred Bean Hospital and community stalwart Judith Douglas who has sadly died aged 84 years.

Judith, known to most as Judy, was born in Liverpool in 1935 and after leaving school she followed her dream and trained to become a nurse, following in the footsteps of her mother Marion.

She joined the 54th PTS of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in 1953 where she trained for three years and passed her SRN and became a Staff Nurse in her fourth year

She returned to Liverpool to train as a midwife, spending six months on the District in Widnes and six months in a large Liverpool maternity hospital.

Over Christmas 1970, Judy, her husband Ian and their three sons, Adam, James and Graeme, moved to the East Riding.

Judy started work at the old East Riding General Hospital, which eventually closed.

The Alfred Bean Hospital then became her life. She helped to organise the casualty facilities move with David Wigglesworth and worked as the outpatients and casualty sister.

She later became the senior nursing officer. During this period, she became a prime mover in the opening of the Macmillan Day Centre at Alfred Bean, which was opened by Prince Charles.

On retirement, she took an active interest in the Alfred Bean Hospital League of Friends and was the chairman for a period.

She was a passionate advocate for local hospital services and care in the local community.

Judy Douglas (Right) pictured in 2011 with Karen Knapton, Chairman of NHS East Riding of Yorkshire cutting the ribbon to mark the completion of the refurbishment work at the Hospital



Judy was also a volunteer worker at the Credit Union and gave up time to continue using her professional skills supporting the community nurses weighing babies.

She was also a volunteer member of Cranwell Road Medical Centre’s Patient Reference Group.

Her interests were not solely medical, with friends she regularly walked, was active in a creative writing group and was often seen about Driffield on her bike.

A funeral service will take place at Octon Crematorium on Monday 27th January at 12.30pm, all are welcome to attend and the family invite people to join them afterwards at Driffield Rugby Club, Kelleythorpe from 1.30pm.



She was a proud and wonderful granny to eight grandchildren and fully enjoyed her retirement gardening, cooking, knitting and reading.

Paying tribute, Dr Nigel Pickering, formerly of The Medical Centre, remembered Judy as a happy, friendly lady who was always willing to see the best in people and who would work tirelessly for the benefit of others.

He said: “Judy was very wise and kind and inspirational as a nurse, maintaining very high standards at the Alfred Bean Hospital. It is a credit to her that the Alfred Bean was often described as “the jewel in the crown” of the East Yorkshire community hospitals.”

Campaigner Judy Douglas pictured in 2018 during the ERYCCG’s controversial closure of the Driffield Minor Injuries Unit.



Sandra Wilkinson, took over as the chair of the Alfred Bean League of Friends when Judy stepped down in 2015.

She said Judy was hugely respected and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

She said: “Judy was much loved and hugely respected for all her thoughts and ideas. She was a huge supporter of the Alfred Bean and of the League of Friends and she was a great source of help and advice to me in my role as chair.

“Judy was a font of all knowledge about the hospital and an extremely loyal member of the League of Friends and supported everything we did.

“Everybody loved her. She was a great personality and a wonderful person and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.”

Friend Ross Weekes added: “Judy was a wonderful person who would do anything for anybody.

“She was very special to so many people and everybody thought so much of her.”

Judy Douglas, pictured in 2011 at the Alfred Bean Hospital’s refurbishment ceremony.


A funeral service will take place at Octon Crematorium on Monday 27th January at 12.30pm, all are welcome to attend and the family invite people to join them afterwards at Driffield Rugby Club, Kelleythorpe from 1.30pm.

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