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Hospitals pre-NHS
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Jim Lamond from Perth. Posted 11 Oct 2006.
very much enjoy reading all the forum stories about life in Scotland, in the old days.
I can never forget my stay in Maryfield Hospital during the early YEARS of WW2 when a simple little scratch rapidly developed into a full blown bout of Osteo-Myelitis (Blood poisoning).
From five-years old, I lay in the same bed in Ward eleven until I finally made a recovery Three Years later.
As Sir Alex. Fleming had not long discovered Penicillin, it wasn't available to the general public - because of the servicemen in WW2's needs and the Maryfield surgeons had to struggle with what they had.
It is with extreme gratitude that I can recall their strict dedication to what must have been a 'hopeless' case as I am now waiting to celebrate my 73rd Birthday.
Although I was little more than a toddler at the time, I still have vivid memories of the Ward 11 staff who gave me such unstinting care and attention during those dark days.
I've often wondered if my three years in Maryfield's Ward 11 has been a 'long-stay' record for such a young patient?
Is there anyone else out there who recalls Maryfield in the 40's?

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