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"Preserving Health and Healing: A Glimpse into the National Health Service" Step back in time to Ward C3 at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Ward C3 at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, 11th August 1969

Ward C3 at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, 11th August 1969

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Hospital nurse warning jacket

Hospital nurse warning jacket. This jacket is worn by nurses who are delivering medication to patients, to warn other staff and patients not to disturb them

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Swimmers laze in the sun by the outdoor pool at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham

Swimmers laze in the sun by the outdoor pool at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, Friday 30th August 1963

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Ground floor of new mess hall at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, 25th April 1957

Ground floor of new mess hall at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, 25th April 1957, which was opened today (by John Thompson)

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Old fashioned ward at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, Friday 30th August 1963

Old fashioned ward at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, Friday 30th August 1963, showing the high dingy roof and narrow windows

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Medical eye checks, Rotherham General Infirmary, 1967. Artist: Michael Walters

Medical eye checks, Rotherham General Infirmary, 1967. Artist: Michael Walters
Medical eye checks, Rotherham General Infirmary, South Yorkshire, 1967. In a photograph taken for the Central Office of Information

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Tea room, Montague Hospital, Mexborough, South Yorkshire, 1977. Artist: Michael Walters

Tea room, Montague Hospital, Mexborough, South Yorkshire, 1977. Artist: Michael Walters
Tea room, Montague Hospital, Mexborough, South Yorkshire, 1977

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Computer room, Rotherham Infirmary, South Yorkshire, 1967. Artist: Michael Walters

Computer room, Rotherham Infirmary, South Yorkshire, 1967. Artist: Michael Walters
Computer room, Rotherham Infirmary, South Yorkshire, 1967. In a photograph taken for the Central Office of Information, a secretary checks the printout from the computer

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Hospital laundry JLP01_08_069259

Hospital laundry JLP01_08_069259
West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Road, Homewood, Whitehaven, Copeland, Cumbria. Workers washing and pressing bed linen in the laundry at West Cumberland Hospital

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Miss England 1959 Miss Pamela Searle receives her polio vaccination in public to

Miss England 1959 Miss Pamela Searle receives her polio vaccination in public to encourage more young people to have their jabs. She was given the jab by Dr

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Maternity block JLP01_08_069254

Maternity block JLP01_08_069254
West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Road, Homewood, Whitehaven, Copeland, Cumbria. The entrance to the maternity clinic at West Cumberland Hospital

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Walsgrave Hospital JLP01_08_081910

Walsgrave Hospital JLP01_08_081910
Walsgrave Hospital, Clifford Bridge Road, Walsgrave on Sowe, Coventry. The exterior of the Maternity Block at the Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, showing the main entrance and ambulance canopy

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: A district nurse paying a visit to a mother. 5th September 1964

A district nurse paying a visit to a mother. 5th September 1964

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Christmas Fair at The Rosie Hospital, Cambridges first purpose-built maternity

Christmas Fair at The Rosie Hospital, Cambridges first purpose-built maternity hospital, organised by midwives (left-right) Sue Holland, Alex Le-Roux, Sian Harper and Jean Bunting, Cambridge

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Addenbrookes Hospital Nursing Staff prepare for a new day on the wards, Cambridge

Addenbrookes Hospital Nursing Staff prepare for a new day on the wards, Cambridge, Thursday 24th September 1981

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Hope Nursing Home Brookland Avenue, Cambridge. (Picture) Nurses at work

Hope Nursing Home Brookland Avenue, Cambridge. (Picture) Nurses at work. 29th May 1963

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Student nurses Lena Palmer and Leslie Young at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham

Student nurses Lena Palmer and Leslie Young at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, kept a secret from their fellow classmates, they are mother and daughter, 20th March 1972

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Pause for thought amid empty beds: ward sister Margaret Sheepy takes a final sad look at

Pause for thought amid empty beds: ward sister Margaret Sheepy takes a final sad look at Whitley Hospital, where shes worked for 11 years. Coventry, West Midlands. 1st December 1988

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Aneurin Bevan often known as Nye Bevan, who was the Minister for Health who spearheaded

Aneurin Bevan often known as Nye Bevan, who was the Minister for Health who spearheaded the establishment of the National Health Service

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow, Scotland, 16th November 1967

Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow, Scotland, 16th November 1967. What medicine do you give to a bear with honeyitis

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Dr Sam Galbraith, Neurosurgeon pictured at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland

Dr Sam Galbraith, Neurosurgeon pictured at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland, June 1987. Later, MP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish Labour Party. May 1999 to March 2001

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: A nurse who was a dancer shows the children an exercise at the Thames Side war nursery

A nurse who was a dancer shows the children an exercise at the Thames Side war nursery. This is the biggest nursery of its kind in London

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: The District Nurse: General scenes of District Nurse Muggeride out on her rounds visit

The District Nurse: General scenes of District Nurse Muggeride out on her rounds visit her elderly patients. Seen here bathing a patients feet. Circa 1960

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: General view of one of the wards at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds

General view of one of the wards at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds, with patients lying in their beds and nurses in attendance. 1st May 1964

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Doctors in Manchester Town Hall vaccinating members of the public against smallpox in one

Doctors in Manchester Town Hall vaccinating members of the public against smallpox in one of the large rooms. 15th January 1962

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Paybody Hospital, Allesley, Coventry. 16th July 1983

Paybody Hospital, Allesley, Coventry. 16th July 1983

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Surgeons perform an operation at George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton

Surgeons perform an operation at George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton. 20th December 1992

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Graduation with a smile... some of the nurses who received their certificates at last

Graduation with a smile... some of the nurses who received their certificates at last nights prizegving ceremony at Walsgrave hospital, Coventry. 25th February 1976

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Exterior view of Gulson Road Hospital, Coventry. 16th July 1983

Exterior view of Gulson Road Hospital, Coventry. 16th July 1983

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Waving her off JLP01_08_069738a

Waving her off JLP01_08_069738a
West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Road, Homewood, Whitehaven, Copeland, Cumbria. Hospital staff crowd balconies at West Cumberland Hospital to wave off the Queen Mother as she departs in her

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Official opening JLP01_08_069732

Official opening JLP01_08_069732
West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Road, Homewood, Whitehaven, Copeland, Cumbria. The Queen Mother unveiling a plaque celebrating the official opening of West Cumberland Hospital

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Queen Mother JLP01_08_069730

Queen Mother JLP01_08_069730
West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Road, Homewood, Whitehaven, Copeland, Cumbria. The Queen Mother and her entourage approaching the entrance to West Cumberland Hospital for its official opening

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Radiography controls JLP01_08_069288

Radiography controls JLP01_08_069288
West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Road, Homewood, Whitehaven, Copeland, Cumbria. An x-ray room in the radiography department at West Cumberland Hospital showing the control booth

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Student nurses JLP01_08_069285

Student nurses JLP01_08_069285
West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Road, Homewood, Whitehaven, Copeland, Cumbria. Two student nurses being instructed in how to take blood pressure readings at the nurses school at West Cumberland

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Orthopaedic ward JLP01_08_069281

Orthopaedic ward JLP01_08_069281
West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Road, Homewood, Whitehaven, Copeland, Cumbria. Two men in bed on one of the orthopaedic wards at West Cumberland Hospital

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Hospital reception JLP01_08_069266

Hospital reception JLP01_08_069266
West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Road, Homewood, Whitehaven, Copeland, Cumbria. Two nurses talking in the main entrance and waiting area at West Cumberland Hospital

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Nurses accommodation JLP01_08_057435

Nurses accommodation JLP01_08_057435
West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Road, Homewood, Whitehaven, Copeland, Cumbria. Two nurses outside the entrance to the nurses accommodation block at West Cumberland Hospital

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Incubators JLP01_08_075845

Incubators JLP01_08_075845
Walsgrave Hospital, Clifford Bridge Road, Walsgrave on Sowe, Coventry. Two nurses tend to babies in incubators whilst a third inspects a trolley of milk bottles in the After Care Unit at Walsgrave

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Walsgrave Hospital JLP01_08_081907

Walsgrave Hospital JLP01_08_081907
Walsgrave Hospital, Clifford Bridge Road, Walsgrave on Sowe, Coventry. A view of the Nurses Home and Training School at Walsgrave Hospital Coventry, looking north

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Nurse with a newborn baby at a hospital in Cambridge. Circa 1964

Nurse with a newborn baby at a hospital in Cambridge. Circa 1964

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Doris Bishop retires from Chesterton Hospital, Cambridge, Wednesday 30th March 1988

Doris Bishop retires from Chesterton Hospital, Cambridge, Wednesday 30th March 1988

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Addenbrookes Hospital is an internationally renowned teaching hospital

Addenbrookes Hospital is an internationally renowned teaching hospital and research centre in Cambridge, England, with strong affiliations to the University of Cambridge

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Doctor at Newmarket Hospital in Cambridge. Circa 1986

Doctor at Newmarket Hospital in Cambridge. Circa 1986

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: A worker at Newmarket hospital in Cambridge. Circa 1970s

A worker at Newmarket hospital in Cambridge. Circa 1970s

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Addenbrookes Hospital Nurses (front to back) Jean Lees, Elizabeth Redfurn

Addenbrookes Hospital Nurses (front to back) Jean Lees, Elizabeth Redfurn, Ruth Jameson and Susan Bendall compete in a Bed Making Competition, Cambridge, Wednesday 11th January 1978

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Chesterton Hospital, Community Awards Day Winners, Cambridge, Wednesday 10th October 1989

Chesterton Hospital, Community Awards Day Winners, Cambridge, Wednesday 10th October 1989

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Addenbrookes Hospital Nurses, front of picture, twins Denise Kosh and Shian Harper

Addenbrookes Hospital Nurses, front of picture, twins Denise Kosh and Shian Harper, meeting to discuss new grading system, Cambridge, Friday 18th November 1988

Background imageNational Health Service Collection: Graduation Day, Nurses Training School, Owlstone, Cambridge, Friday 22nd January 1965

Graduation Day, Nurses Training School, Owlstone, Cambridge, Friday 22nd January 1965



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"Preserving Health and Healing: A Glimpse into the National Health Service" Step back in time to Ward C3 at Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham, on a sunny day of August 11th, 1969. The hospital nurse dons her warning jacket as she tends to patients with unwavering dedication. Meanwhile, outside the hospital walls, swimmers bask in the warm sun by the refreshing outdoor pool at Rubery Hill Hospital, and is a scene that speaks volumes about the NHS's commitment to holistic care and promoting well-being. Cast your gaze further back to Friday, August 30th, 1963 - an old-fashioned ward at Rubery Hill Hospital transports us to an era where compassionate healthcare was already thriving. Venturing beyond Birmingham's borders takes us to Montague Hospital in Mexborough, South Yorkshire. In this quaint tea room captured by artist Michael Walters in 1977, we witness moments of respite for both patients and staff alike – a testament to the NHS's recognition of human connection amidst medical care. Fast forward now to August 7th, 1990; Rubery Hill Hospital continues its legacy as a pillar of health services within its community. With each passing year comes progress and innovation while preserving compassion as their guiding principle. Delve into history once more – April 25th, 1957 marks another milestone for Rubery Hill Hospital with the inauguration of its ground floor mess hall. This new addition symbolizes not only nourishment but also camaraderie among those who dedicate their lives within these walls. Nether Edge Hospital in Sheffield beckons our attention next – here lies a special care unit designed exclusively for premature babies in 1969. The NHS recognizes that every life deserves utmost attention from inception itself. A glimpse into Rotherham Infirmary's computer room circa 1967 reveals how technology began intertwining with healthcare practices even then.