Thursday, 25 November 2010

Val Dodsworth (nee Brown) talks of her nurse training in 1970-1

Hi there I am an ex nurse from Marquerite Hepton I was there in 1970-1 as a pupil nurse before moving on to Pinderfields to complete my training . It was a wonderful place and I learnt a lot. I loved the children with there many complex illnesses. We had a lot of spina bifida children who came for regular holidays as well as muscular dystrophy and Frederiks ataxia. I remember these children so well and know that they will no longer be with us. I could name at least 6 and one little one in particular Stevie who was moved away to Doncaster soon after I left.

I remember Sister Everett and Gerry Appleyard who was my tutor and a good one at that. I also remember matron who I saw had died recently. My year had Gillian Evans and Jane Halford in who were very good friends of mine but I have lost contact with both of them. Also there were Julie Swindells, Alison Lobley, Shelia Wensley, Carole Bennett and Anne Wilson. Nurses from Huddersfield also came for a few months amongst these were Geoff Smith, Gill Crossland, Joan Hinchcliffe and also Ann Hinchcliffe.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was in Marguerite Hepton Hospital from 1960 to 1963.
I remember Mr.Clarke the consultant,Some of the patients were
Steven Rouse, Peter Hooton, Tony Wrench we had a nurse Carrick, Nurse Bedford, Sister Wheelan who was very fond of Frank Ifield. I met Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, and Eden Kane at the hospital, and the nurses were ready to faint at these pop stars.
I saw The Wizzard of Oz on 16mm film at the hospital and Summer Holiday with Cliff Richard.
I am always grateful to the doctors and nurses who cared for me and I have lots of fond memories.
Philip Sunderland