North West Metropolitan Region Timeline - 1974
South West Middlesex Hospital Group School of Nursing

In 1974 the North West Metropolitan Region's South West Middlesex Hospital Group School of Nursing was based at the West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex. This school had training places for 24* Combined SRN/HV/NDN students and 96** SRN student nurses, plus 60 SEN (General) pupil nurses per year. There was a cadet nurse scheme with 20 Places to help feed recruitment.
*Women Only.    **36 places for women only.

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.

West Middlesex Hospital
South Middlesex Hospital
King Edward Memorial Hospital
SEN (General)
*NB. Pro-forma badges - will be replaced with actual asap. School/Hospital badge photograph & postcode needed.
Queen Mary Maternity Unit
St Bernard's Hospital

This 1974 timeline is about the St Mary's Hospital School of Nursing, which trained the vast majority of nurses who then initially practised 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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