17th September


NHNN/S/4 Nursing and non-medical staff: correspondence 1869-1918

Testimonial for Mary Machen from H.H. Taylor (RMO Brompton Hospital). Probationally appointed Night Sister from 1st September

Miss Machen has for some time been holding the post of Sister to one of our Galleries, which contains 48 male patients.

To properly supervise such a large gallery requires great tact and judgement, qualities which Miss Machen possesses in an eminent degree. She is thoroughly well up in all branches of Nursing, and very kind and attentive to her patients.

Besides being a lady of an extremely kind disposition, she is honourable and straightforward; and I have consequently no hesitation in recommending her as most suitable to undertake the duties of Matron to any Institution.

H.H. Taylor, FRCS


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, Michael Clark and Liz Yamada

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