This long awaited book was published in 2018 with all hardbacked copies now all sold out!
This oral history tells us what life was like in the words of Nurses who trained and worked at the hospital over the years. Eighty-eight nurses were interviewed for this project, and their memories and perspectives have shaped the book.
In addition, the book is illustrated with wonderful art work by Paula Day, celebrating each decade. Paula currently works as a Senior Sister at the RLH. Also included are photos depicting life in the hospital over the last 70 years.
The chapters begin in the 1940s, the war years:
I started at The London at the end of the war when the doodle-bombs [flying bombs] were still falling…. The east wing of The London had been hit by a bomb and so there was only half of that wing working. The third floors of The London were not in operation and Croft Ward was used entirely for casualties…. One of the first things that I had to do was to fill sixteen stone hot water bottles and put them in those sixteen beds ready for the casualties. (Marjorie)
Each chapter focuses on a decade up until the present time, and highlights the inevitable changes in life and work over the years.
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