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Dame Phyllis friend

Dame Phyllis FriendFormer Matron (1961-71) of the London Hospital. Dame Phyllis died on Monday 24 June. Phyllis Muriel, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, died in Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. Former Matron of the Royal London Hospital and Chief Nursing Officer of the London Hospital Group.

Funeral Service at Parndon Wood Crematorium, Harlow at 1215 on Monday 15 July. No flowers please but donations may be made to The Royal London Hospital League of Nurses c/o Daniel Robinson & Sons Ltd of 79/81 South Street, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 3AL.

Here are some of the tributes that have been paid to Dame Phyllis from other former London Hospital Nurses and friends .....

'She was a leading light in her (and my 1960-1963) day. The House Governor's office sent her out to every modern innovative experience available anywhere in the world. With the result that she got to know the individuals involved in up and coming ideas that might benefit The London. She allowed make-up for the first time. She was invited to the Residents' Dinner, and to their utter amazement (never been known for a matron to accept) she accepted their invitaion! I remember her saying she felt it would be tactful to leave early! A very great Londoner. It was a priviledg to have been a Londoner when she was a Matron. A life well lived. May she rest in Peace' Margaret Keith 27.06.13

'I can remember her interviewing me in 1961. It was my first 'out of school experience' and I found her firm but warm. I can still picture her office at the front of the hospital' Ruth Calcott 27.06.13

'Very sad news of another LH icon passing. I remember Dame Phyllis as Matron during my early days at The London when I remember her as a gentle, kind and approachable person whom I held in very high esteem. Sincere condolences to the family and may Dame Phyllis rest in peace' Jane Harvey 27.06.13

'I always held Dame Phyllis in high regard. She had such pleasant manner, and seemed to know everyone by name. My lasting memory of her, dates back to 1970, when I was Staff Nurse Mercer at the Brentwood Annexe. I had been in post for a year, and the then Sister in Charge, Miss Piper, was pressuring me to go off and do Part 1 Midwifery Course. I really loved the Annexe, did not want to leave, and certainly had no wish to do midwifery. Miss Piper therefore told me that I would have to see Miss Friend on her next Annexe visit. She was very kind, very understanding too, and suggested that if I would undertake the course, and I really did not enjoy it, she guaranteed that I could return to the London. So I bit the bullet, achieved my Part 1 qualification, but had no wish to pursue a career in midwifery, so true to her word, Miss Friend appointed me Senior Staff Nurse on Turner Ward, with Sister Barbara Thompson' Sheila Billins 28.06.13

'Very sad news,she was a real lady and one of the best Matrons LH ever had,I was privileged to be a student nurse during her last year or so as Matron' Jenny Witham 28.06.13

'She was a very approachable Lady. I remember my interview with her at the end of Tredegar and she said to me " I see from your report you have a sense of humour Nurse; you are going to need it!!" She was right. Although she made a good Chief Nurse it was a sad day when she left the London' Monica Birchall 04.07.13




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