BRIGHTON GENERAL HOSPITAL S.R.N.S' ASSOCIATION
CONTACT NAMES AND ADDRESSES
HOSPITAL STAFF/WARDS PHOTOGRAPHS
ORIGIN OF BGH SRNS' ASSOCIATION
B G H TRAINING SCHOOL PROSPECTUS
MORE CHRISTMAS DINNERS PHOTOGRAPHS
ANNUAL BALL PHOTOGRAPHS
PRIZE GIVINGs and Dinning Room
MORE FANCY DRESS PARTIES
MORE WARD CHRISTMAS PHOTOGRAPHS
MORE RE-UNIONS 1996-2000
Christmas Photographs 1965/66
LARGE STAFF GROUP PHOTOGRAPH
Another Fancy Dress Group
Prize Giving Group 1958
Theatre Staff 1946/47
REUNION MAY 2007
October PTS 1957 Over the Years
Nurses Photographs As Then and Recently
More concert 53 & 54
21st Birthday Group
Two Nurses in mufti
Prize Giving 1964
Sue Crease (nee) Maharaj
Christmas Show Dec. 1965
1955-1964 PHOTOGRAPHS++ and 2008 (Dolly B)
BGH Inside and Views May 1987
Babs Chetram nee Mangal Photos
Anaecdotes and Memories
Joan Spence (nee Nurser) Photographs 1957-59
2009 May Reunion Photographs
Margaret Cosgrave's Mother's Municipal Hospital (now BGH
More 1960's Photographs
BGH HOSPITAL BADGE
Mayn 1964 PTS and Xmas Dinner 1965
Nurses Set September 1966 - 1969
Bridie Mears (nee Hogan) Photos 1955-?1962
Concert Costumes ?67/68
D2 Nurses Group Photo
Pam Ralph (nee Toomey)
REUNION PHOTS 2011 BY BERT WILLIAMS
Alan Price and Ken Ross
Alan Price sent me the two bits for this page, the first is about our time in PTS and the second about Polly Perkings on E2.
During our time in PTS on one occassion we were all in the practical room, which some will remember was on the ground floor of A Block, we put the smallest person, Mary Grantham in the bottom draw of the very large chest of draws and closed the draw, almost straight away in came Miss Shaunessy the assistant tutor at the time and wanted to know where Mary was, to which we replied in the loo (or words to that effect). Mary never uttered a word and was released as soon as we were on our own again.
The second story concerns leaving the E2 to go home after a night on duty; have changed and about to leave Alan was summoned back to the ward to find Polly having a go at hime because a label had come of a urine specimen pot, this dressing down took place for all to hear. As he says in his note to me can you imagine this happening today the nurse would probably not take it with out and argument, that is if they bothered to return to the ward
Miss Hughes violin
This is a very funny one from Maggie King (nee Sheppard) she, that is Maggie) had a room on the 1st floor in the north wing of the nurses home. In the corner of the wing Minnie Hughes the tutor had two rooms next to each other as her flat. Every night she had what we thought was a violin practice and it was not uncommon for some of us housed nearby to make unkind remarks (putting it midly) about the racket but to be quite fair sometimes the music was quite nice. Also common was the practice of one or two of us to stand outside Minnie's door whilst the violin playing was going on, mimicking the movements (grimaces) of a violinist.
On this particular night there were three of us doing the violinist bit supported by three giggling students all prepared for flight once the music stopped, when Minnie appeared from the bathroom door up the corridor. We were caught in the corner with nowhere to go and the sound of violin music was still coming from Minnie's room. Minnie walked slowly and sedately towrds us in pink fluffy slippers, purple bathrobe flowing, hair neatly covered by a white towelling turban, toiletries in a matching bag with bathe towel draped precisely over her arm. The six of us froze watching her advance. As she came to her door and put the key in, she turnes to us with a glimmering of a smile which dinn't quite match the glint in her eyes and said sweetly (as only Minnie could) "I didn't know you were all so interested in violing music and you should not have to stand in the corridor to listen to it. I will arrange and evening of violin music in the recreation room and will expect you all to attend. In fact I insist you attend" and she did and we had to sit with these old fogies from the town hall or somewhere, Matron, Dr. Firth the hospital administrator and some of the older ward sisters, who applauded every recoding played on Minnie's gramophone and the two long, very boring violin recitals given by Minnie herself.
To add insult to the unjury, when the kitchen staff brought in the eats and drinks (and what a spread that was) Minnie came over and thanked us graciously for attending, hoped we had enjoyed the music and said we need not stay any longer! I think she knew we had missed supper and how were we supposed to know she had a blasted gramophone and all those records of violin music!!
My (Ken Ross) first day training I took the 42 trolley bus to the junction and walked up the hill and onto Marton's office in the small bungalow type building, waiting in the outer room were some girls in white uniforms of PTS and another two males. Having been briefly seen by Jessie the males went off to get their uniforms and then to the locker room in the ground floor room to the left of the main door of A block and then to the classroom to the right of the main door. We started I recall with a lecture by Miss Shaunessy on the developement of a single cell. Later in the day we then went off for moring break to the nurses home and then back for some practical work, lunch, more lecturers and home at 5pm. Not particular exciting but then it was only the first day of 3 years that seemed to streatch into the future and was an awful long way off, if only we were to know just how fast those years would gallop by.
Ann Rolland has a memory of night duty on E3 when sister Hobbs was night sister and as she wore shoes that did not make and noise it was often not possible to know when she was on her way, Ann recalls that her senior nurse used to put sugar on the stairs so got warning when she was on her way
Chris Cox story
My first day. My mom and dad taking me into the nurses home and dropping me off. Being and only child and never been away from home before I found this so scarey. One by one other girls came by and made me feel welcome. I was always so scared of sisters especially E1 surgical. I lost a patients housecoat while on night duty and was threatened to be woken up and made to find it but they found it eventualy in the laundry.
Making tea and toast on nights, sampling the alcahol that we kept under lock and key while on night duty!!Oh my goodness, it would never happen these days. Everything is accounted for now (I am still nursing). I represented the hospital in a swm meet in 1968 I think I won my race. My boyfriend at the time always came by to visit me while I was on night duty. He would wait and meet me when I had my break, we had to walk across to the nurses home. It always seemed that when he was coming the night sister said, there was a man hanging around and we should be especialy careful going across and go together as a group. I always laughed to myself as I knew who it was. those days were so stressful ath the times but oh so special. How I wish I could have them all over again.
Pam Ralph (nee Toomey) Memories
Sunday visitiing in the afternoon when we all were expected to sit on the floor around the storage cupbaords with a bowl of hot water and cloth to clean out the lotion shelves, how I remember the Lotion Plumbi, Mist Pot Cit etc., Not being allowed to get up until it was all done and them making the afternoon tea.
Night duty, not going to bed on a Saturday until night after working from 8p.m. until 8 a.m on the Friday because we didn't want to lose a day off. sleeping on the foof of the Nurses home when it was so hot in our rooms. Waking up to hear rain pouring down and knowing everyone else was at work and we didn't nee to get up until 6p.m. Falling asleep in the bath because we were dead on our feet. Getting up to eat breakfast at 7 p.m. and watching Coronation Street in the tiny TV room on a small Black & White TV
Pay day, with a cheque for £9.10s and going to Barckays to cash it then buying 2 pairs of black stockings and having Hot Chocolate as a treat in the Penny Farthing at the Old Steine.
Many good memories and some not so good but all made us good nurses.