Senior Nurses at Birmingham Children’s Hospital went back in time swapping their nursing uniforms for traditional caps, dresses and pinafores, as part of the Hospital’s 150th birthday celebrations.
Over 100 nurses past and present attended the event in the hospital’s Conservatory to celebrate the significant contribution nurses have made to the lives of children, young people and their families.
Nurses who currently work at the hospital gave short presentations about how the profession has changed through the decades and their inspiration to become nurses.
Michelle McLoughlin, Chief Nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and her senior nursing team presented every nurse attending with a limited edition hospital badge based on the original Children’s Hospital Badge of 1862 as a ‘thank you’ for their passion and dedication to nursing and the patients they care for.
Nurses who previously worked at the hospital, were taken on a tour of the wards to see the changes since their time as nurses.
Former nurse Moira Bradwell, who worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for 46 years said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the event and felt immensely proud. I began my training at the Children's Hospital in December 1964 and finally 'hung up my cap and apron' in November 2010. I saw many changes during that time, not least the uniforms, but the core principles of commitment and caring remain the same. I am proud to have been part of the nursing team for so long, and will always carry with me many fond memories of my time at the Children's Hospital.”
Michelle McLoughlin Chief Nurse, who has herself worked at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for 20 years said:
“Together our nurses have and will continue to touch the lives of millions of children, young people and families, at times of great need and unimaginable distress, when care and compassion are what matter most. Sharing a day with so many of our nurses, past and present, was an honour for myself and the rest of the senior nursing team.”
Photo caption: Senior Nursing Team (l – r) Helen Watson, Rosy Rogers, Yvonne Millard, Mary Hobin, Michelle McLoughlin (Chief Nurse), Janette Vyse and Andrew Gralton.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive service to children, young people and their families.
We are one of the leading paediatric teaching centres in the country, with international research and development in areas such as:
- Childhood cancer studies
- Liver disease
- Infection, inflammation and immunity
- Molecular genetics of childhood conditions (how these are passed on, and how they cause disease in the body in terms of chemistry)
- Nutrition, growth and metabolism in childhood
- Drug use in children
- Relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
- Infant neuroblastoma
- Infant brain tumours
Our facilities include:
- A 22 bedded Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
- A centre of excellence for children with cancer, cardiac, liver and renal disease
- A national transplant centre
- 280 inpatient and day-case beds including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- 38 specialties and supporting departments
- An Emergency Department dealing with over 45,000 patients a year
- Twelve theatres
- Three MRI scanners
- A CT Scanner
- An endoscopy suite
- A catheter laboratory with digital imaging facility
- Burn, Neonatal Surgery and Education Centre
- Wellcome Clinical Research Facility
- Renal Unit
- Teenage Cancer Trust Unit
- Ronald McDonald House (parent and family accommodation).