Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Anon., 1916 - , Interviewee, Female, Nurse
Speaker: Kirrane, S, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls mother using home remedies on local people, not wanting her to be a nurse, starting training as nurse at Leicester General Hospital (LGH). Brief family background, mention of hair fashions of early 1930s. Describes starting at LGH, sparse rooms, some trainees leaving, classes and lectures, cooking breakfasts on night shift, alarm of seeing first person die. Recalls being worn down by strict matron, danger of lice, taking exams, sleeping on lawn in summer, parties, sneaking in and out after hours. Mentions a ghost in accomodation on University Road. Very brief desription of Bond Street Hospital. Recalls lots of cleaning. Describes being at Groby Road fever hospital during typhoid epidemic when people were dying. Mentions working at Fielding Johnson Hospital in maternity ward, describes unpleasant experience of having own baby there.
Place of birth: Derbyshire
Education: To age 17
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Mine supervisor
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 11/1/1989
Playing time: 1 hr 26 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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