10th July


Matron’s(A E Billington) reports 1921-1931 NHNN/N/3/1

I regret that owing to the present shortage of nurses I was compelled to engage a temporary staff nurse from a nursing home: three nurses who should have taken up duty last week failed to arrive and the wards at present are very short of staff. The nurse’s fee is 2 ½ guineas per week and I should like to retain her for 14 days.


On This Day is a diary of day to day life in the Hospital covering 1859 to the 1940’s.

Extracts are taken from the staff records, letters, the reports of the Matron and the Lady Superintendent, and the minutes of the Board of Management and the Medical Committee. They were compiled with the help of Janet Townsend, Frankie Alves, Louise Shepherd and Michael Clark.

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