A 105-year-old retired nurse has sent a message to the NHS to thank staff for all they are doing in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

Doris Wright, who was born two days before the First World War started, began her career in nursing before the NHS was created.

Having trained and worked as a nurse in Gateshead and Newcastle, Doris progressed to ward sister, working on the children’s wards and the infectious diseases ward at the RVI and Newcastle General Hospital.

The Royal Victoria Infirmary now runs Newcastle's High Consequence Infectious Diseases centre, which cared for the UK's first known coronavirus patients earlier this year.

Miss Wright posed with Thank You NHS posters, complete with rainbows, at the care home where she lives in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

Doris inside Eothen Residential Home in Whitley Bay Credit: Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Colin Scarr, who works at the home, took the photos and said:

Doris is an amazing lady. She is loved by staff and residents and I feel blessed to know her.

Colin Scarr

Maurya Cushlow, the executive chief nurse for Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

This is wonderful to see. It's thanks to Doris and colleagues like her who pioneered working in this specialist field of nursing for others to follow.

Maurya Cushlow