Wessex Region Timeline - 1974
Southampton School of Nursing

In 1974 the Wessex Region's Southampton School of Nursing  was based at Southampton University Hospitals, Tremona Road, SO9 4XY.  This school had training places places for 15 Combined SRN/DipN and 80 SRN student nurses, plus 75* SEN (General) pupil nurses per year.  There was no record of a hospital cadet/cadet nurse scheme to help feed recruitment.
* 27 Female 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.

Southampton General Hospital
Royal South Hants Hospital
Moorgreen Hospital
Southampton Children's Hospital
Southampton Eye Hospital
Western (Chest) Hospital
Lymington Hospital**
Lymington Infirmary**
Ashurst Hospital**
SEN (General)
NB. Pro-forma badges - will be replaced with actual asap.

This 1974 timeline is about the Southampton 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!!

* Collectively named 'New Forest Circuit'.

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