Changes in nurs­ing

Avril re­views 33-year ca­reer

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS - Whin­nielig­gate SWI

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.

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