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70 years in pictures From the archives


Ground- breaking campaigns, world-class training


NURSE TRAINING, 1879


In 1879 Rebecca Strong was appointed matron at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the largest voluntary hospital in Scotland. When she arrived, she was shocked to find how backward the Infirmary appeared in rela- tion to its nurses. She devoted her energies to improving nurse education and training and working conditions. With the support of Glasgow surgeon Sir William Macewen, Strong initiated the ‘block apprenticeship’ training programme, later adopted world- wide. Short periods of instruction in the hospital school were followed by periods of practice on the wards. Tis was a great improvement on previous nurse instruction whereby nurses were expected to attend lectures and study while still working long hours on the wards.


The Scottish air ambulance service began using aircraft to transport patients from remote Scottish islands to the mainland in the 1960s.


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Volunteers position sandbags around Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1939, as the Second World War breaks out.


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