Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Tite, Phyllis Lydia, 1914 - , Interviewee, Female, Nurse
Speaker: Johnson, R, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes family background in Leicester, having to be house keeper when mother died. Describes uniform at Newarke Girls' School, having no money for university, lack of direction until turning to nursing at Derbyshire Childrens' Hospital. Recalls general training, limited midwife training, not feeling competent, long hours. Talks about returning to Leicester in 1939, joining children's ward at Leicester General Hospital, then midwifery, which went better than in Derby. Describes duties, processes, nurses' accomodation, hours, pay, abortions and attitudes to them, lack of contraceptive advice. Brief mention of leaving for a period in Northampton, then returning. Anecdote of working through severe weather, brief mention of lack of sexually transmitted diseases, illegitimate births, having little spare time.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: St John's Church School, Newarke Girls' School
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Father's Occupation: Council worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 22/11/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 12 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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