An emergency nurse

At the very beginning of the war, Nurse Andrews, an employee of Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association, had been called to join the Territorial Force Nursing Service. The Association tried to get her released, but being informed this was not likely, they had decided to make arrangements to replace her.

Friday October 2nd, 1914
Nurse Bell, an Emergency Nurse, had arrived on September 8th to be in readiness to take charge of the District in the event of Nurse Andrews being summoned to nurse in the Territorial Force Nursing Services….

On Friday September 23rd Nurse Andrews was summoned to the 2nd Eastern Hospital at Brighton. As it was thought that her services would be required there for a long time, the Committee were advised to obtain if possible the services of a temporary Queen’s Nurse. The Secretary had made applications to the Queen Victoria Nursing Institute [in Reading] for [one] and on the morning of October 2nd had received a letter recommending Nurse Gertrude Mitchell who was ready to come at once. The Committee decided to engage her services to commence on Tuesday October 6th and to give her salary at the same rate as Nurse Andrews.

Sonning and Woodley District Nursing Association minutes (D/QNA/SO1/1)

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