- Contributed by
- People in story:
- Patricia Davies (Nee Cowling)
- Location of story:
- North Staffs. Royal Infirmary in Stoke-on-Trent
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- Contributed on:
- 18 August 2005
On night duty there was a senior Nurse and a Junior Nurse. We washed all walls top to bottom, re-sterilised needles etc — we always sang whilst doing this. We were rendering ‘Maisie Dotes and Dozy Dotes’ one night and dancing around the table when a very regal figure demanded an explanation — the Matron!
When you first went on night duty you went and put everything ready in the kitchen, because you had to do the patients’ breakfast. Then you’d go around with your Senior Nurse and you’d treat all the pressure areas because you had to be very particular, of course, with the orthopædic patients and the other patients because they stayed in bed a long time in those days.
The Junior Nurse had to prepare all the dressings, cut all the cotton wool and pack the drums. We used to have huge centre tables, which were lovely, and the Senior Nurse used to put all the charts out ready for the Houseman to come round and write-up any drugs that the patient might need.
We had no fear of aggression on night duty; at the base of casualty was a porter shaped like a Sumo wrestler. His appearance and advance quelled any type of aggressiveness. There were also frequent calls from police and ambulance men who always knew we had coffee keeping warm in the sterilizer.
This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Becky Barugh of the BBC Radio Shropshire CSV Action Desk on behalf of Patricia Davies and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.
See more of Pat's stories:
- 1) I suppose it was inevitable…
- 2) Getting used to being on the wards
- 3) The unchanging rota
- 4) Othopaedic Wards
- 5) The Miners
- 7) Mouth gags and tongue clips
- 8) Dear Flower Girl
- 9) Theatres
- 10) The Nurse’s Home
- 11) The ‘Guinea Pig Club’
- 12) Mice in the washing and other tricks
- 13) Enamel washbowls on your heads
- 14) Extra Work
- 15) Shake and Shake…
- 16) Little Nurse
- 17) A lot of things were introduced during the War
- 18) Only two nights off
- 19) Making and Breaking
- 20) My little bucket and I
- My visit to post-War Germany
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