Today marks St Bartholomew's Hospital's 469th View Day.
Merryl Lawrenson, who began her long nursing career at St Bartholomew's Hospital back in 1971, is now retired but sits on the executive committee for St Bartholomew’s Hospital League of Nurses. In her special #ViewDay blog, Merryl looks back on her memories of View Day over the years and explains what the day means to the League of St Bartholomew's Nurses...
View Day has always played a very important part in the life of the League of St Bartholomew’s Nurses.
Many of us remember, as staff nurses, going very early in the morning to the old Covent Garden Market to buy flowers to decorate the wards. We also remember preparing afternoon tea for the many visitors to the wards.
The Square, looking its very best, welcomed back former staff and the families of current staff. There were decorated stalls, morning-suited housemen with buttonholes in their firm’s colour, and smartly dressed ladies wearing hats.
View Day has changed over the years but returning League members are keen to continue the tradition.
In 1978 tea was provided by the League for the first time in the Consulting Suite of the Outpatients Block. The venue then transferred to the Isla Stewart Library enabling League members to gather, exchange news and renew friendships.
In recent years we have met in the Peggy Turner Room with sets having their reunions joining us. Members greet other members who were once their ward sisters or tutors during their training recalling detailed memories of their experience!
This year over 40 of us enjoyed the opportunity to meet up and celebrate our time at Barts. We look forward to celebrating 120 years since the League’s formation at View Day 2019.
If you wish to join the League of St Bartholomew's nurses, please visit: www.bartsleagueofnurses.org