|Collecting Nursing History 63
Nurse Badges, pins and memorabilia from East London Children’s Hospitals
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The children’s hospitals grew out of an idea of the Quaker sisters Elizabeth and Ellen Phillips, in the wake of a cholera epidemic during 1866. They opened up the Dispensary for women and children at 13 Virginia Road on 12 July 1867.
It was not long before the work was too much and larger premises were required. The North Eastern Hospital for Children was founded and built in Hackney Road, it was enlarged and re-named the The Queens Hospital for Children. At the same time The Princess Elizabeth of York Hospital was undertaking similar patient work in Shadwell.
The two hospitals merged in 1942. The Hackney Road site re-named, Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children. In 1963 the Shadwell site closed to children and another re-structure made the hospital a part of the Hackney Group. However, in 1968 Queen Elizabeth Hospital [QEH] was detached from the Hackney Group and came under the auspices of the Board of Governors of the Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street. It was at this point the GOS hospital badge changed it’s wording from The Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street to Hospitals for Sick Children GOSH, London.
*The above information is very brief and I will give references for further reading at the end of this article.
London Children's Hospital Shadwell
Obverse and reverse Flag day fund raising paper flags with original
The Queen Elizabeth For Children silver Nurses badge. Shown on the original card backing.
1, The Story of an East London Hospital, Macmillan and Co. Ltd London 1904.
[My own copy is special, presented by His Grace the Duke of Portland, who was at that time Chairman of the Hospital].
2. Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, A commemorative booklet 1867-1967.
3. Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, 125 years of achievement.
Brown Ltd Nottingham 1992.
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