About Dorothy

Dorothy Rooney was born  on 7th June 1950 in Esh Winning, Co. Durham. At the age of 16 on   leaving   Durham Girls Grammar School she started Nursing Cadet training and in the same year, 1966  she met her future husband Jim O’Connor.   They were married  on June 13th 1970.

Dorothy had a distinguished Nursing Career. Having trained and qualified as an Orthopaedic SRN and General Nursing SRN she was awarded Gold Medal for Nursing by Durham Hospital Management Committee on 10th November 1972.

Her career continued as a Nursing Sister in various wards of  Dryburn Hospital before qualifying as a State Registered Midwife and working for many years as a District Midwife.   Dorothy then went on to qualify as a Geriatric Nurse  before more training which enabled her to work as a District Nurse for many years.

Dorothy went on to work in  continuing health care in both  Durham  and Derwentside districts before joining Shotley Bridge Hospital as lead nurse in this field.

Dorothy and Jim were happily married for 36 years and had 3 sons and 6 grandchildren before she passed away on 23rd September 2006 after a long battle with Breast Cancer