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Follow this link to hear an article about district nursing on Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ on the 16th of June 2009.  Dr Helen Sweet of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine at Oxford University and Carrie Howse, author of ‘Rural District Nursing in Gloucestershire’ discuss the history of district nursing.  Eagle-eyed followers of my website should notice a factual mistake!

If you can’t sit through the whole 15 minutes, skip to 7.40 to hear an advert for district nursing from 1930.  Or alternatively read below, put your fingers over your nose and perfect the ultimate 1930’s BBC received pronunciation impression.

‘When you want water, you turn on the tap.  When you want heat, you put a match to the fire.  When the situation arises when a nurse on your doorstep would be worth more than a balance at the bank, do you know how to get one?  Under this scheme you simply run to the nearest telephone, make your call, and in double quick time, the nurse arrives.  And, if you paid the highest fees in the land, you could not get a better nurse, for she is a district nurse.’


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I came across this yesterday and had to share it with everyone.  A very rare recording of Florence Nightingale speaking in 1890!  She sounds ridiculously posh.  If, like me, you need a translation to understand what she’s saying…

‘When I am no longer even a memory – just a name, I hope my voice may perpetuate the great work of my life.  God bless my dear old comrades of Baclava and bring them safe to shore.’

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