|Scotland Western Region Schools Timeline - 1974|
and Ailsa Hospitals Group School of Nursing
In 1974 the Scotland Western Region's
South Ayrshire and Ailsa Hospitals Group School of Nursing was based at
'Blendon', 18 Bellevue Road, Ayr KA7 2SA. This school had training
places for 100* RGN, RSCN and RMN student nurses plus 60 EN (?General) pupil nurses
per year. There was no record of a hospital cadet/cadet nurse
scheme to help feed recruitment.
All were part of the then still mushrooming growth of the NHS following its inception in1948. An NHS which was to cater for all. Cradle to the grave. An NHS attempting to cover almost all known medical conditions. Not surprising then that since that beginning there had developed a plethora of nursing specialties, some sub-divided into highly specialized categories, all designed to meet particular needs. The nurses to meet those needs - General, Sick Children's, Mental, and Mental Subnormality Nurses, were all, by 1974, being trained under the auspices of the General Nursing Councils. One for England and Wales; one for Scotland; and one for Northern Ireland.
|Ayr County Hospital
Seafield Sick Children's Hospital
Ayrshire Central Hospital
|*NB. Badge above is 3rd option. School/Ayr County Hospital badge photograph needed.|
This 1974 timeline is about the
South Ayrshire and Ailsa Hospitals Group School of Nursing, which trained the
vast majority of nurses who then initially practiced in the area. About the courses. About
the students who followed them to become registered nurses. About the awards
they gained on the way. About their teachers, including ward staff. About the
hospitals. About nursing practice. Above all it is about the reality of the
practice of nurse education and training in the '70's. Perhaps you were one of
them. If so why not tell us all about it on our forum. Welcome!!
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