Clive Harrison Collection
Speaker: Russell, Pat, 1919 - , Interviewee, Female, Nurse; Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing service
Speaker: Harrison, Clive., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Refers to her childhood in Brazil Street, Leicester, Describes training at Leicester City General Hospital as a nurse from 1932, under Matron Miss Norah Clay. Describes the hospital buildings and uniform. Details the training and nurses' accommodation. Describes nursing practice and off duty hours. Recalls how treatment was paid for before the National Health Service (NHS). Describes wartime nursing during the Second World War, including time spent at St Giles Hospital in London, during 1941 and as an industrial nurse at a factory in Essex after completing training. Details of joining the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service as an officer, first at Haslar then at a naval training unit in Hove, Sussex where she ran the sick bay. Describes returning to Leicester in 1946, involvement with Saffron Lane day nursery, being dissuaded from health visitors' course and the start of the NHS in 1948. Mentions going to Canada to work as a nurse from 1948. Interview used as material for 'In Sickness and in Health'.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester,
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 5/7/1997
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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