NHS Fellowship Piece: Voices from the NHSRF
The NHS Retirement Fellowship is a national membership organisation, with local branches, which provide friendship, fellowship and fun to retired NHS and social care staff and their friends and families.
Listen to Ethel Armstrong, a life patron of the NHS Retirement Fellowship, talk about how she got involved with the NHS Retirement Fellowship
Listen to Ethel talk about the ‘old remedies’ in the village and how there was always somebody that ‘could do’. She recalls too her paternal aunt Lavinia who ran a GP surgery out of the kitchen in her two-story home.
Here Gwen talks about the opportunity to train as a health visitor, negotiating with matron to leave her midwifery training part way through, and taking a career break for children.
Listen to Hylda talk about her husband Victor’s lung transplant and describe writing “the most difficult letter ever” to the donor’s family.
Listen to Bob speak about being seconded to North Staffs and Mid Staffs Health Authority for six months to “innovate” and bring back NHS reforms. His reforms include bringing back minor surgery to GPs, setting immunisation targets and working in health promotion.
Here Eulon talks about living in the nurses’ home, where Gwen Crossley also stayed, and the significant role of the sister in their lives
Listen Sylvia remember her father being diagnosed with scarlet fever and the experience of seeing him in Blackpool’s isolation hospital, where she recalls visiting him.
Here John speaks about the separate areas of the canteen where NHS workers took their lunch, reflecting on the “unofficial differentiation” of hospital staff.
Listen to Cynthia discuss the experience of her medical training as a woman in the late 1950s and early 1960s.