“I like being able to create a safe and helpful environment” – Blacktown Hospital security officer shares his story this International Security Officers’ Day

Each day Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) security teams deal with unpredictable and challenging situations all in the name of helping district patients, visitors, and staff.

Sunday, 24 July is International Security Officers’ Day, a day to acknowledge the commitment and dedication given to serving our hospital communities.

In honour of this day, this week, Blacktown Mt Druitt Hospital (BMDH) Acting General Manager (GM) Brad Ceely acknowledged the service of security officer Barry Wright in the staff newsletter, who has worked in the BMDH security team since 1996.

The acting GM couldn’t hide his appreciation for Barry writing “lucky for us, Barry has no plans to leave BMDH until he’s ready for retirement, which is some years down the track!”

Barry has worked in health for 33 years in a variety of roles, but returned to BMDH in November 2019, where he remains to this day.

“I love going to work and helping people; my role is fulfilling,” said Barry.

I like being able to help people and create a safe and helpful environment. If one person walks away from me smiling, then I’m having a great day.”

“When you are coming to work or visiting someone, everyone should feel safe and protected whilst visiting a hospital.”

“I applaud all our security teams for their dedication, bravery, and commitment to protecting us all,” said Brad.