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The League is now on social media!

From October 2018 you can follow us on social media. It is now possible to follow the League of St Bartholomew's Nurses on Facebook and Twitter. It is early days as we only went 'live' on 1st October 2018 and we encourage everyone to join in. As we gather momentum events, photos and updates will appear on these social media platforms.

Instagram. Type in Barts League of Nurses.

If you already access these social media platforms we look forward to sharing with you. We have created a closed group on Facebook. You can join by providing your start date at Barts or your set number and agreeing to the rules of the group to ensure privacy and confidentiality.

If you are not already using Facebook or Twitter, download the free Twitter or Facebook app onto your device and search for Barts League of Nurses.

For help or further information please contact: Merryl Lawrenson at info@bartsleagueofnurses.org or Kate Treharne Jones at socialmedia@bartsleagueofnurses.org


Missing Members, updated 8th July 2020


In February 2020 over 2200 copies of the League News were sent to the membership worldwide. To date only one was returned “deceased”. Another 7 have been returned with comments such as “gone away” or “no longer at this address”. Of the 7 returned, we had email addresses for 4 members who have responded with their new postal address, this leaves the 3 named below.

Please can you help? Do you know any of those listed below?




Maiden name

Date of Qual






















If you have any information please contact the website https://bartsleagueofnurses.org/membership  or the Honorary Membership Secretary.

Email: membership@bartsleagueofnurses.org


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900 Celebrations at Barts!

2023 brings the 900 th celebration of Barts! 

The executive committee of the League would like members views on what we ( the League) should do to mark the year? 

Please contact us at info@bartsleagueofnurses.org with any ideas.

Thank you ! 

Message posted by info@bartsleagueofnurses.org on 27/05/2021

Set One Reunion

Chris Willis and I are starting to organise our 50th reunion! I have sent an email to the email addresses I have 3 of which , have already come back. If you see this please email me with your current address - alexbroadey@db12.co.uk. Thank you and hope to hear from you.

Message posted by Alex Broadey on 16/05/2021

Virtual View Day and 900th. Launch!

** Now available to watch on YouTube ** ( from 14/05/2021.)

Members of the Barts League of Nurses will receive an emailed  free link to the 12th May virtual View Day and 900th launch in the next few days. (do you remember the 850th ?) If you believe that you are a member but have not received a link please contact either info@bartsleagueofnurses.org or membership@bartsleagueofnurses.org.


Message posted by on 03/05/2021

Countrywide Network

Great news ! From May 17 the countrywide network will be resuming visits.

if you know anyone who is a Barts nurse who could benefit from a visitor please contact  us at  info@bartsleagueofnurses.org

Further information in your League News.

Message posted by on 27/04/2021

Overdue Membership Subscriptions.

Emails or letters will be sent out in the next few days to members with long overdue subscriptions. Please contact us at treasurer@bartsleagueofnurses.org for further information.

For information about the benefits of joining the League have a look at the membership section on this website or contact info@bartsleagueofnurses.org

Message posted by on 27/03/2021

Angela Barber nee Hall

My dear late mother passed away 4 years ago. She was a nurse at Barts in the 1950's. she has left my daughter her silver belt buckle and I was wondering if anyone could help me to find an old Barts stripped belt to go with the buckle. My daughter is a nurse at UCLH but sadly isn't allowed to wear the belt. Instead she would like to keep it as a treasured memory. Can anyone help me to find a belt please? Thank you.

Message posted by JOHN ARMSTRONG on 11/02/2021

Funeral of Miss. P. Hibbs CBE

The President represented the St. Bartholomew's League of Nurses at the private funeral of Miss P Hibbs CBE on Friday 5th February 2021. It is hoped that a celebration of Miss Hibbs’s life can take place in the future when pandemic restrictions allow.

Message posted by on 06/02/2021

Barts Rose.

The League News for 2021 has been posted to all members over the past week.

We have had a number of enquiries regarding purchasing a Barts Nurse rose. Please note they are for sale only to League members who submit the form that they will find in the League News. You may only purchase one this year. They will be sent out later this year by the nursery.

Message posted by on 30/01/2021

Pam Hibbs CBE 1935 - 2021.

A sad announcement from Alison Knapp past President of the League.

Pam Hibbs  CBE     1935 - 2021
It is with great sadness that we have to report that Pam Hibbs died of Covid19 on 12th January 2021. Pam had been ill for a week in the HDU of UCLH  - where she was very well cared for. 
Pam will be remembered for her pioneering work in so many areas within nursing, and for leading the nursing service at Barts, Hackney Hospital, Homerton Hospital and Barts and The London.
Pam's philosophy was that the only thing she strived for and was important to her was the improvement of patient care.  It is indeed the end of an era.
Alison Knapp

This article may be of interest. There are recorded interviews with Miss Hibbs too.



Message posted by on 15/01/2021

Susan Tozer qualified 1962.

 Mrs Pamela Dorothy Johnstone nee Tozer  always known as Susan received her hospital badge in 1962. She sadly died in 1972 when her daughter was 5 years old. Her daughter is hoping to find out more about Susan’s time at Barts from friends or collegues. Her own daughter who is doing her A-levels with the hope of studying medicine is interested in finding out more. Is there anyone out there who remembers Susan?

If so please contact us via info@bartsleagueofnurses.org

many thanks.

Message posted by on 13/01/2021

Fridge Magnets 2020.

Following our mail chimp email to members today we have had a lot of interest in purchasing frdge magnets.

We have had a slight glitch so if you would like to contact Kate Treharne Jones regarding an order please email her at socialmedia@bartsleagueofnurses.org

many thanks for your interest info@bartsleagueofnurses.org

Message posted by on 18/11/2020

History of Anaesthetics at Barts

David Wilkinson, retired Barts anaesthetist, is writing a book about the history of anaesthesia at Barts and he was wondering if any members of the League had any information on the history at Barts? He also would like an oral history too. He wonders If any of the nursing staff who interacted with anaesthetists and theatres might have some stories to tell!!! He would be very happy to contact anybody who might have a good story? Please contact info@bartsleagueofnurses.org and we will forward any messages.
We would be grateful for any help that you can give him.

Message posted by on 02/11/2020

Thank you

Sincere gratitude to everyone who made our virtual AGM last Saturday so memorable and so very interesting.
It was great to see Barts itself in some of the photos and to see the faces of those who serve us so well on the league committees. The Service was inspiring and I am always touched by the remembrance of our League members who have died. May they all rest in peace. I won't forget the hopeful and inspiring homily by Bishop Sarah Mullally.
Thank you, Thank you!

Message posted by Sr.Sheila Devane on 15/10/2020

All Day Meeting 2020, Annual General Meeting and Church Service.

Due to Covid restrictions  this year the executive committee decided to hold the annual general meeting and a reduced length of the church service on line.  All members were informed about this and over 400 attended from their own homes. Some members attended from as far afield as New Zealand, Canada, America and Australia. For these members there was an advantage in holding the meeting online! The church service is on YouTube and is available for anybody to watch. The annual general meeting is restricted to members of the league, if you didn’t receive the email or you would like to see it again please contact info@bartsleagueofnurses.org for advice.

Please see the photo of our speakers at the annual general meeting in the photo section. 

Message posted by on 12/10/2020

Virtual AGM and Church Service. 2020.

Following our virtual AGM and Church Service this year where nearly 500 members joined us ( the Great Hall only holds around 200) we received a large number of positive comments. We thought that you might like to read a few of them.

UPDATE! As of 18 October 2020 since the AGM and church service became available on line, nearly 1000 have viewed the church service and 200 the AGM .

“ All panelists : Wonderful  to  be  able to join up with  everyone this year. Thank  you for  your  hard work  in  making  this  happen. 


 Great to be part of this 1st for the League. well done all. so proud to have trained at Barts. 


Nice to put faces to the names in the League news.


 Nice background and nice to see you all in person.


 From  Angela Robinson : Thank you to the League for the the support you give to the nurses working currently a St Barts! Its always appreciated


 Very professional meeting.Love all the backgrounds, makes me nostalgic and want to be there. Hope to be at some of the events next year if safe to do so.


Thank you so much for this webinar; my first AGM and surprisingly emotional... lovely to have the link. Congratulations to you all.


Thank you for such a superb webinar series of presentations, and it feels as though we are together in the Great Hall. “

Message posted by on 12/10/2020

Barts Guild Shop

In other years the League have always been grateful to the Guild for opening the Guild Shop for us during our All Day Meeting.  This year we are not able to meet in person or visit the Guild Shop but that does not mean that you cannot purchase items from the shop.  

One of the most popular items amongst League members is the Guild’s calendar, the 2021 Guild Calendar features several photos of nurses, including Nurse, later Sister, Mazie Calcutt on the front cover.  Her photograph was taken by Peter Clark, a fashion photographer, who was commissioned to create a Cecil Beaton-style portrait for the Hospital’s 1939 fundraising appeal. 

The calendar and other items can be found in the Guild’s online shop.



Message posted by on 02/10/2020

Group emails

From time to time the League executive need to send emails to all on our mailing list. Occasionally the security system on your computer puts these into spam. To ensure that you receive the emails please read the information below.

About Safe Sender Lists

Email clients filter incoming messages into spam or junk folders to keep unwanted mail out of inboxes. These filters sometimes mistakenly move legitimate messages into the wrong folder, which is called a false positive.

In this article, you'll learn how subscribers can mark your Mailchimp campaign's From email address as a safe sender to decrease the chances of a false positive.

Add an address as a safe sender

Most email clients provide a safe sender or whitelist option for trusted contacts in the address book. Ask your subscribers to add your campaign's From email address to this list to help your messages bypass filters and reach your subscriber's inbox.

Add the address book merge tag to campaigns

To encourage subscribers to whitelist your From email address, include an "Add us to your address book" link in every campaign you send. Insert this merge tag in the header or footer of your campaign or template, and we'll replace the tag with a unique URL that will help your subscriber quickly add you to their address book.


If a subscriber finds your message in the spam or junk folder, ask them to click your campaign's "Add us to your address book" link to improve deliverability.

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To add a trusted contact in some of the most popular email clients, ask subscribers to follow these steps.

Apple mail (desktop)

If Apple Mail delivers a legitimate message to junk, your subscriber can do two things.

·         Teach Apple Mail's filter to allow future messages. Open the junk folder and find the message. Move the message into the inbox.

·         Add your From email to the address book. Open the message, right-click the sender email address, and choose Add to Contacts.

For additional information about Apple Mail, visit the Apple Mail Support Page.

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If Mail delivers a legitimate message to junk, your subscriber can do two things.

·         Teach Mail's filter to allow future messages. Open the junk folder and find the message. Move the message into the inbox.

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For additional information about the Mail app, visit the Apple Support Page.

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If AOL Webmail delivers a legitimate message to spam, your subscriber can do two things.

·         Mark a received campaign as Not Spam. Open the spam folder and click the message. Click the OK, Not Spam button.

·         Add your From email to the address book. Click Contacts in the navigation panel, and click the New Contact icon. Input the email address and click the Add Contact button.

For additional information about AOL Webmail, visit the AOL Support Page.

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If Gmail delivers a legitimate message to spam, your subscriber can do two things.

·         Mark a received campaign as Not Spam. Open the spam folder and click or tap the message. Click Not Spam.

·         Add your From email to the address book. Open the contact list, click or tap New Contact, and input the address.

For additional information about Gmail, visit the Gmail Support Page.


If Outlook delivers a legitimate message to junk, your subscriber can do two things.

·         Mark a received campaign as Not Junk. Open the junk folder and click the message. Click Not Junk.

·         Add your From email to the address book. Open the message, right-click the sender name, and click Add to Contacts. Authentication information may display in Outlook's sender name area, so ask the subscriber add your address only.

For additional information about Outlook, visit the Office Support Page.


If Outlook.com delivers a legitimate message to junk, your subscriber can do two things.

·         Mark a received campaign as Not Junk. Open the junk folder and right-click the message. Click Not Junk.

·         Add your From email to the Safe Recipient list. Click the gear icon, and choose Options. Click the Safe and Blocked Senders link, click Safe Senders, and input the message's Fromemail address.

For additional information about Outlook.com, visit the Outlook.com Support Page.

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If Yahoo Mail delivers a legitimate message to spam, your subscriber can do two things.

·         Mark a received campaign as Not Spam. Open spam folder, click the message, and click Not Spam.

·         Add your From email address to the address book. Open the message and click the Add to contacts button next to the From email address.

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This information has been taken from Mailchimp’s website.

Message posted by on 25/06/2020

Friends of Barts Heritage.









Dear Friends

This month I am pleased to bring you two pieces of good news which I hope will go some way to lightening your day in these challenging times. The lease agreement has been signed to allow Barts Heritage to begin their work on the Great Hall, and we will shortly begin a series of on-line events to keep all our supporters informed of our plans as we look towards Barts 900th Anniversary in 2023.

After almost ten years of effort by the Friends, an agreement has now been reached to sign over the lease on the North Wing complex and the Henry VIII Gate to Barts Heritage. This is a highly significant milestone in the path towards the restoration and conservation of these important buildings, which was started by the Friends of the Great Hall (as they were then known), and continued by Barts Heritage, the charitable trust whose formation enabled the project to be taken to a whole new level.

Below you will find further details from Barts Heritage CEO Will Palin, as well as booking instructions for our first webinar on Wednesday 24 June.

With best wishes

Dr Robert Treharne Jones FBCS FFCI
Chairman, Friends of Barts Heritage 



A Message from Will Palin

I am delighted to announce that in early June, after long and complicated negotiations (and despite the disruption caused by the pandemic), Barts Heritage agreed 125 year leases of the North Wing & Gatehouse from Barts Health NHS Trust and Barts Charity. This is a hugely significant milestone in our project to restore these Grade I listed buildings after half a century of neglect. We have an excellent and ever-strengthening relationship with the Health Trust and Charity and are looking forward now to working in partnership to make the restoration project a success. 

We at Barts Heritage have faced a major challenge keeping its fundraising campaign moving following during lockdown, so to help the process we have split the larger project in two £10 million tranchesThe first phase (including the repair of the exterior of the buildings and the conservation and re-presentation of the Hogarth Stair and Great Hall) will coincide with the 900th anniversary in 2023, when we hope to invite the public to access the conservation work as it progresses. 

When the lockdown was announced we were already setting our minds as to how to give better public access to these interiors when our restoration project was complete, but this took on a new twist as the Hospital geared up for the crisis. It was then that the welfare of hospital staff came into sharp focus. From this grew the idea of providing within our plans a health and wellbeing ‘hub’ - somewhere staff could escape the clinical environment and enjoy a range of activities - aided, we hoped, by the soothing power of art and architecture. This exciting concept is currently in development with Barts Health alongside our existing plans for the full repair and conservation of both the North Wing and Henry VIII Gatehouse - plans which are now well advanced. After all, the vital role St Bart’s has been playing in London’s Covid-19 response is just the latest chapter in the Hospital’s long history of providing care and support for Londoners in times of crisis. 

Will Palin
Chief Executive, Barts Heritage


Barts 900 Webinars
Wednesday 24 June at 1900 hrs

In our sequence of Zoom webinars our experts will offer their own perspectives on the past, present and future, of Barts as we move towards the hospitals 900th anniversary in three years’ time.

To book your free place simply follow this link to register, and if you wish to make a donation to help cover our costs please go to our website by clicking here


The first Zoom webinar, to take place on 24 June, will feature Professor Charles Knight, consultant cardiologist and chief executive of Barts, in conversation with Robert Treharne Jones. Our guest is also professor of cardiology at the William Harvey Institute in Charterhouse, and was also appointed CEO of the new Nightingale Hospital which was opened at the Excel Centre in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition he chairs the Barts 900th  Committee, so there is plenty to squeeze into the allotted time of 30 mins to allow 15 minutes for questions at the end.


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Message posted by on 16/06/2020

Executive Committee under lockdown ! May 2020.

Have a look in the photo section under “People”. Your executive committee hard at work via Zoom as we are unable to meet at Barts. 

Message posted by info@bartsleagueofnurses.org on 28/05/2020

Supporting Barts Staff !

Due to the Covid-19 emergency View Day 2020 has been postponed indefinitely. The executive committee decided to donate a gift box of fruit to each ward and department ( 25 in all.) in lieu of the tea and cakes usually on offer in the Peggy Turner room. We hope that these were a help to the hard pressed staff at Barts in these extraordinary times.

Message posted by info@bartsleagueofnurses.org on 28/05/2020


With the current advice to limit travelling unnecessarily, collection and processing of post from Barts may be delayed. Bookings for the All Day Meeting will be processed in date order once we return to normal. Other social events are already well subscribed, so please contact the relevant tour leader directly before arranging payment.

If you have any urgent enquiries, please contact info@bartsleagueofnurses.org
Please look after yourselves and your families and stay well."

Message posted by Merryl Lawrenson on 18/03/2020

Message from the Barts Nurses Remember Working Group.

Thank you to all those who have contacted us either personally or through the league website and social media. We have been delighted with the overwhelming response from League Members. Your positive comments demonstrate that you have enjoyed reading it as much as we have in developing it.

Message posted by Alison Knapp on 29/02/2020



It is a legal requirement that we have your permission to contact you. To do this we need you to complete the GDPR form that was included with your league news last year. If you need help please contact info@bartsleagueofnurses.org. You can also fill it in online on our website. Without this form completed we cannot send out your copy of the League News.

Message posted by on 25/09/2019

Visit to the Crown Jewels August 2019.

A small number of the executive committee were treated to an after hours visit to the Jewel House at the Tower of London. This was arranged for us by Harry Collins Jeweler to the Queen and holder of the Royal Warrant.  We were treated to a detailed history of the jewels and the Tower. It was very interesting to hear about the protocol surrounding the design of crowns and the history of the stones themselves. It was a real treat to have the jewel house to ourselves. A big thank you to all involved in arranging the visit. 

Message posted by on 23/08/2019

North Yorkshire Network Meeting May 2019.

Great Ayton

A second out of town meeting of the North Yorkshire group of League of St. Bartholomew's Hospital nurses was took place on Saturday May 18th. This followed a successful meeting last November when we met at Betty's in Harrogate.

The attractive village of Great Ayton is known as the childhood home of James Cook, the first person to circumnavigate the world. On arrival at the Church Hall carpark we were able to follow the walk to the meeting following a path to the hall well signposted with the Bart's black and white shield on posters. Amanda greeted us with copious cups of tea and coffee and delicious cakes and scones. A group of seven nurses, two husbands and a dog gathered!

We were fortunate that it was an open weekend in Great Ayton, to celebrate the opening of the James Cook memorial garden.  We were taken on a guided tour of the village,starting at the 12th century Norman church of All Saints. We were shown the extent of the church in Cook's day and noted the boxed pews, the window for the devil to escape at baptisms and a real feel for a Jane Austen makeover. In the graveyard there was a headstone of the Cook family grave although James Cook died overseas. We called in at the village school, now a museum, were shown the Quaker school buildings, now apartments and finally called in to the garden itself.  

The pretty village, spreading around a green complete with astatue of James Cook , ( see photo) was a delight. The bubbling river runs adjacent to the main street with a row of shops includes the famous Suggitts ice cream shop, which we were told had to be sampled.

During the day, there were many stories of our experiences at the Royal and Ancient, all of us agreeing that our training had stood us in good stead throughout our nursing careers.

We look forward to a further meeting in the Autumnscheduled for York. Our thanks must also go to Amanda for organising these events

On my return home I looked at the league news and was amazed to find that the village of Menston (outskirts of Leeds), is home to four Barts-trained nurses, all living within a five minute walk of each other. I've yet to make contact!

Anne Johnson nee Verge  1972/6 set 4

Followed by a stint as a midwife in the late 1970's

Message posted by on 18/08/2019

League Brooch.

We have recently received a new batch of these brooches. They are of zinc alloy and silver plated due to the high cost of silver. They look exactly like the photo on the badges section. However we are able to sell them to League members only at a cost of £20 . Please see the badges section for more information.

Any comments or enquiries to info@bartsleagueofnurses.org

Message posted by info@bartsleagueofnurses.org on 16/08/2019

Nurse training certificate

I'm required to submit to a new employer a certificate of my SRN training in Barts from Sept 78 leading to entry to general registration with NMC. Does anyone know how I can obtain a copy as my original got lost in house move.

Message posted by Hazel Ellis (nee Forster) on 19/09/2018

Royal Albert Hall 29 August 2018.

Today 31 league members and friends met at the Albert Hall for a guided tour followed by tea and cake. We split into two groups and had a very interesting tour including watching a few minutes of a rehersal for tonights Proms. Everyone enjoyed themselves on the tour,  as well as catching up with old friends. Thanks go to the committee members who organised the trip. 

Message posted by merryl lawrenson on 29/08/2018

Set 4 1978

Dear all Set 4'ers...

40 years on Tuesday was the day we all started. I remember the first 6 weeks in PTS and then doing my first ward in Hackney, quite and eye opening for a 18 yr old.
Has anyone got any photos or memories of that time. It seems a lifetime ago but I am still working in the NHS!

Message posted by Hilary Todd on 07/07/2018

View Day Second Wednesday in May

View day

View day has always played a very important part in the life of the League of St Bartholomew’s Nurses.

Many of us when staff nurses remember going very early in the morning to the old Covent Garden Market to buy flowers to decorate the ward and also preparing afternoon tea for the many visitors to the wards. The Square looking its 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 for the first time tea was provided by the League in the Consulting Suite of the Outpatients Block. The venue then transferred tothe 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 ViewDay 2019.

Sue Legg August 1963 set.

Message posted by on 05/07/2018

Celebrationof 70 years of the NHS at a service in St. Bartholomews the Less.

On Sunday 10th June, a special and memorable service was held in the Parish Church of St Bartholomew the Less, to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

The service was led by the new Rector of the Priory Church of Great St Bartholomew, Fr Marcus Walker.

The service highlighted the history of the hospital church of St Bartholomew the Less - founded in 1123, which has  served the local population for 900 years through plague, fire, civil war and the blitz, and the community having found free respite from sickness of body or soul within its walls.

Marcus Walker linked the two paintings by Hogarth on the walls of the staircase up to the Great Hall to the pieces related in scripture of the Miracle of Christ healing the man at the Pool of Bethesda and the parable of the Good Samaritan.  The lessons were read by Sir Marcus Setchell and Alison Knapp – both of whom trained at Barts and have worked within the NHS for 40/50 years!

We were privileged to welcome the newly appointed Bishop of London – Sarah Mullally – who is also a nurse. Her sermon highlighted the dire circumstances of the population prior to the formation of the NHS, reminding us that they did not dare to call a doctor to help them as they were worried about the bill that would follow! She highlighted that there were huge challenges to the formation of the NHS, it was not universally popular.   She noted the determination and vision of all those involved.

Sarah Mullally also reminded us that the parable of the Good Samaritan asked us all ‘who is our neighbour?’ She added that this question was never more relevant than today, and it was a question we should all be asking ourselves. 

The music added to this special service and was provided by the choir of St Bartholomew the Great under the Director Rupert Gough, and the organist was Jonathan Eyre. 

The service sheet had a message from the Prime Minister Theresa May, reminding us    that ‘ the founding principles of the NHS remain as important today as they were in 70 years ago, free at the point of use with care based on clinical need and not the ability to pay’.

The congregation was joined by senior colleagues from St Bartholomew’s Hospital – Dr Edward Rowland, Medical Director, Louise Crosby – Director of Nursing and Ian Haig, Development Director St Bartholomew’s Hospital Heritage.

The service was broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 at 8 am – and will have reached many of those who trained or worked at Barts over the years.

Alison Knapp

Message posted by on 21/06/2018


Really good to see the website. It looks really good and a great way to keep in touch with Bart's friends

Message posted by Elisabeth Eades on 17/06/2018

Data update

Thank you for whoever took the time and trouble to send out the requirement to update data in such a wonderful way. I had no idea how detailed the league of nurses website is these days. I’ll be visiting again.

Message posted by Jane Mason on 13/06/2018

Wimbledon Outing

Thank you Pru - brilliant outing. Sorry I can't make the Albert Hall (sang there twice with the Bart's choir) but my sister is arriving from Canada that day.

Message posted by Lee Rankin on 05/04/2018

Rituals and Myths in Nursing

Hello I am writing a book on the Rituals and Myths in Nursing. It is a light hearted account of the custom and practice of nursing: the traditions passed down through generations of nurses. Rooted in historical accuracy and weaving in stories and reminiscences from nurses of all eras, the book will have a number of themes. For example, hygiene, uniform and badges, drugs, wound care and pressure care. I would love to hear your stories of those rituals - not only how you learnt to nurse but also the idiosyncratic nature of 'because sister says' not to mention 'that's how the consultant likes it done'.

I trained at Bart's 1980 -1983 Set 16. My mother was also a Bart's nurse (Maureen Kilbey) and it would be great to hear from anyone who trained with her.

Message posted by Claire Laurent on 16/07/2017

Rosemary Nevile

A former collegue and Barts nurse is unable to contact Rosemary who lives in the Lincoln area and has since married. They worked at Barts together around 1981. If anyone can put her in touch with the Barts website to re establish contact we would be grateful. Thank you

Message posted by Merryl Lawrenson on 28/04/2017

Trying to locate my mums friend

My Mum Frances Scowcroft (at Barts around 1962, married name Barraud, deceased 1992) was friends with Magaret Roberts (married name Moore) and Prue Murphy. I have lost Mags contact details and would dearly like to be in contact. I know Prue and Mags were friends, if anyone knows Prue or Mags, please could you contact me?

Many thanks

Message posted by Lucy Barraud on 23/12/2016

Set 21 May 1981

I would love to hear from any of set 21 from 1981, and share fond memories of our training with Miss Pollard and Miss Fairhurst.

Message posted by Geraldine de Lacy on 26/10/2016

Set 3 May 1978

In reply to Sarah Hobb's post
Lovely to find you on here Sarah.
Yes please, I would be interested in a reunion.
How do I get in touch with you?
Laurie x

Message posted by Laurian Cotes (née Heyworth) on 27/08/2016

The League News

Dear Committee Members,

I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoy reading the annual St Bartholomew Nurses League News and wish that I lived closer to attend the reunions and get togethers. Unfortunately due to my health I’m unable to travel to the UK from Australia where I have lived since 1964. Prior to moving to Australia I worked at Great Ormonde Street Children’s Hospital in the early 1960’s. I married an Australian in 1965 and continued nursing for a few years at the Children's Hospital in Sydney before starting my own family. When my 4 children were at school, I worked part time in a diverse range of nursing roles up until the late 1980’s which I enjoyed very much.

I have very fond memories of my Nursing days at Bart’s in the late 1950’s which provided me with invaluable foundations throughout my nursing career. My memories of these days were absolutely wonderful and I can relate to many of the stories I have read in the League News from other members too.

These days I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren, gardening and getting out as much as possible.

Thank you once again for continuing to post me the Barts News each year and I feel very honoured to be one of the Leagues Life Members.

Kindest regards,

Jean Ward (Wright)
Set: Oct. 1959

Message posted by Jean Ward on 10/05/2016

Theatre Pink

My mother, Diana Almond (nee Glock) qualified as a nurse at Barts in 1953. She talked about meeting my father (Dr Francis Almond) whilst working as a 'theatre pink'. I have not been able to find out very much about exactly what a 'theatre pink' was or is and am dry interested if anyone is able to provide me with a bit more information. I am also very interested in hearing from anyone who might remember my mother, who sadly passed away in 1998, or my father who died last year.
My email address is janetaalmond@mac.com

With many thanks,
Janet Almond

Under the " History" section of the website there is a drop down heading where all the uniforms worn in the 1970's are described with a photograph.

Message posted by Janet Almond on 21/04/2016

St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives and Museum

St Bartholomew’s Hospital Archives and Museum holds the historic records of the hospital itself, including records of nursing and nurse training at the hospital, as well as records of groups such as the League. They also accept some personal papers, photographs and other artefacts. Although they are unable to take in every donation offered, for reasons of space or duplication, they are always interested in acquiring new material, particularly related to the history of nursing and nurse training at the hospital from the 1960s onwards. If you have material which you think may be of interest to the archives or museum, please contact them at barts.archives@bartshealth.nhs.uk. You can find out more about the collections, as well as a link to the online catalogue for the collections, here.

Message posted by on 21/03/2016

Book about nursing in the 1960's

There are just a few copies left of "Of Sluices and Sisters: Anecdotes of Student Nurses at a London Teaching Hospital" Compiled by Alison Collin. It follows the training of the August 1965 set from the first day at PTS to the end of their belting year. A donation to the Bodley Scott ward is made for each copy sold. It is available from any independent bookseller or from Amazon at Bart's Book Info: I saw that you have joined this Bart's group, and thought that you might enjoy reading my book "Of Sluices and Sisters: Anecdotes of Student Nurses at a London Teaching Hospital". It covers the training of one set at the end of the '60's and is full of Bart's stories, both funny and poignant. You can check it out on Amazon (link below) if interested. I make a donation to the Bart's Cancer Centre for every book sold.


Message posted by Alison Collin on 10/12/2015

Pupil Nurse Set 1984-86

Denise telford nee Shorter has sent in 2 pictures which can be viewed in the Photo Gallery, People page.

Message posted by Thalia Blundell on 26/10/2015

The Nursing Memorial Appeal

The appeal was inspired by the memory of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD), but actually embraces all nurses who gave their lives in both World Wars.  Despite their role being highly valued and appreciated by the troops, nurses have received little political and public recognition for their wartime work.  So in June 2011, a Nurses War Memorial Committee was established.

During the First and Second World Wars at least 1,500 nurses gave their lives in service of their country.  Their sacrifice has never been fully recognised.  You can help to put that right by supporting the Nursing memorial Appeal.  The Appeal aims to raise in excess of £150,000 for educational purposes and a permanent memorial to all nurses who died in the two World Wars.  £85,000 will enable the creation and maintenance of the memorial and the rest will be used to advance the education of nurses by providing a scholarship to enable them to study particular aspects of conflict and humanitarian aid and nursing.  The memorial will be erected at  the National Memorial Arboretum.

For further information go to the Appeal website at http://www.nursingmemorialappeal.org.uk.

Message posted by Thalia Blundell on 26/10/2015

Information for a New Probationer 1954

On The Hospital page of the Photo Gallery are 6 pages of notes written by Sister Harvey as information for a new nurse coming to her ward in 1954.

Message posted by Thalia Blundell on 26/10/2015

set 21 1976

Thanks so much for responding, Rosalind. Do you mean 4th from the left in the middle row?

Message posted by WENDY HALSTED on 12/10/2015

Set 21 1976

Liz Harris (now Townsend) is in the green cardigan in the 2006 reunion picture.

Message posted by Rosalind Lydiate (nee Baker) on 06/10/2015

set 21, 1976

Anyone know the whereabouts of Liz Harris (Probably now married and changed name?)from set 21 who started in 1976 (is that Liz in the 2006 reunion photos wearing a stripey blazer?)

Message posted by Wendy Halsted on 29/09/2015

Looking for Jane Holmes qualified summer 1989

I lost touch with my good friend about 18 years ago and would love to catch up with her. Last known working for occupational health at Unilever

Message posted by Elaine Kimber on 23/07/2015

Set 3 May 1978

Fran Pollard, Ann Harman, Jenny Treganza, Sue Thorne, Diane Tresadau, Janet Lemon, Gill Self, Lyn Shepard, Lorraine Merriman, Alison Baker, Kate Potter, Laurie heyworth, Sarah Hobbs Mary Quinn, Maria Neveille, Joy Potter, Coky Hanegraff, Cherry Salkind, Lucy Templeton, Wendy Smith, Charlotte Campion, Penny Maybe, lorraine Davies, denise Fiore, Katherine Birkett, Vicki Box, Teresa Dovaston, Margaret Jones, Katy Husk, Catherine Cook, Lucy Collings-Wells, Deby Harvery, Carolyn Hurcombe (RIP).
We were SET 3 May 1978 ......................GIRLS or now are we ladies??? Shall we reunite? Where are we? what are we up to

Message posted by Sarah Connor (nee Hobbs) on 26/06/2015

set october 1988

Hi, everyone, just trying to track down any nurses who I trained with . We were the first to move from the old Hackney Hospital nurses home to Charterhouse Square. I remember Martha Jordan, Isabelle Shaw, Trudie, Trisha, Rachel, Laura Webb to name a few. Be great to hear from anyone.

Message posted by debbie Davie (Towers) on 25/01/2015

Looking for Liz Kidman November 65 set.

A friend of mine from the QARANC, Pauline Novak, is looking for an old friend Liz Kidman Set November 1965 .
if anyone is in contact with Liz could you let me know and i will pass the message onto Pauline.

Many thanks

Merrill Bate (nee Doresa) Set 17 November 1975

Message posted by Merrill Bate (nee Doresa) on 23/11/2014

Melanie Hawes - Looking for memories of sister Harmsworth

I was searching was my Great Aunt - Auntie Elsie to me but to Barts I believe she was Miss Hall or Sister Harmsworth who you mention in the post down the side of the discussion board. I think she started at Barts in 1929 and was sent to Hill End Hospital during the war. I would love to hear any memories you have of her as she died before I was able to truly appreciate the work she did - the work all of you did and do. I believe my (not really but always called) Auntie Pat who would have been Miss Haworth or Sister Bolby (Bolbey?) around the same time. Thank you in advance. ajguerincollard@hotmail.co.uk

Message posted by Allie Guerin-Collard on 06/08/2014

The photograph of the sister and a nurse from 1950 on the title page

This is a great picture of my wonderful late mother-in-law Sister Lily Annie (Lillian) Fraser. How lovely to see this here, especially as her grand-daughter is going to be studying at Barts.

Message posted by Catherine Anderson on 09/06/2014