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Interview with Hilda Riley

By Hilda Riley


Brief description of homelife in Highfields, Leicester. Explains how she became nurse at Hillcrest Hospital, Leicester, at outbreak of Second World War (WW2). Describes first day, shifts, work, conditions including presence of many cockroaches. Brief mention of limited social life. Mentions mothers with illegitimate children working at Hospital, taking in destitute families, WW2 having little effect on patients. Mentions hospital clothes and nurses' uniform

Topics: Health; Institutions; Poverty; Women; Work; World War II;, 1940-1949;
Year: 1987
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