Changes in nursing
Avril reviews 33-year career
President Carol Kendrick welcomed members to their September meeting.
The speaker was Avril Thomson who gave an entertaining and informal talk on how nursing has changed over the years.
Avril started her career two days before her 17th birthday in the City Hospital in Edinburgh. She was working with TB patients from babies to elderly people and also people with polio. From there she moved to Dumfries Hospital, working with children and infants.
In those days the doors were left unlocked, unlike the high security today. She also worked in the Crichton for two months.
After her marriage in l967 she worked in Laurieston Hall Hospital in Castle Douglas as a ward sister and when that closed in l971 she moved to Kirkcudbright Hospital where she was promoted to matron.
When the hospital had to be closed for modernisation, patients spent the next 18 months being cared for though an in-house scheme.
In 1984 Avril was back managing the improved and enlarged hospital in Kirkcudbright and for three years she also managed Castle Douglas where a new day care hospital was built. She finished at 50 after 33 years in nursing and then became the GP practice manager in Gatehouse until her retiral.
Carol thanked Avril for entertaining with her stories of hospital life. Tea was served and the raffle drawn. Avril kindly agreed to judge the competitions. Results:
Vase: 1 Vivienne Shearer; 2 Elizabeth Stocks; 3 Sally Scott. FOM: 1 Elizabeth McKeand; 2 Sally Scott.
The business meeting then took place. The minutes of the last meeting were read and arrangements for the Christmas lunch discussed before Carol brought the meeting to a close.