Robin Mitchell from Devon
‘I am now
Divisional Superintendent in Braunton, North Devon.
Back in 1980 when I was 20, I applied to go on secondment to the
royal naval hospital in Gibraltar as part of the 'Year of Nursing’.
I kept a diary which, over 20 years later I have just
found! Below is an extract:
Wednesday – started in men’s wards at 8am finishing at 4pm. The
various cases which were there when I was present (for three
days) were as follows:
Appendix, infection of the appendix, very bad bruising, low back
pains, pneumonia and more.
Monday - At the out-patients department, the two doctors
arrived at 9am, and were going through the patients as in any other
surgery. The nurses’ job varies a lot from
general cleanliness and preparation to
labelling and dispatching specimen. A lot of
bookwork is done in the department – one sister, one secretary, one
office manager and one department nurse.
Tuesday - OPD again. Today is antenatal day, so obviously I
took a back seat as the soldiers, army, airmen, families
associations sister, midwife and Commander Dr Evans took charge. I
was told they check the ladies’ urine, blood pressure, weight etc.
It would be a bit embarrassing if I went with them. Thank god for