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Service to be proud of.

IT WAS back in 1973 when Alan Bainbridge, as a young trainee SRN, put together this collection of pictures from the North Shields Preston Grange Baby Unit.

Alan wanted to pay tribute to the excellent unit and said those who worked there were "second to none".

"I trained as an SRN," said Alan, "and compared to the training today ours was absolutely tip-top, and the place was kept immaculate .

"Our first job, on the early shift, was that you damp dusted the place from top to bottom.

"Things are normal today that you would never see then - the staff going out with their uniforms on, on to buses and into shops, which is something we weren't allowed to do.

"There are visitors coming in and out all the time. At one time we had limited visiting. It's everything put together.

"The training is all in the University of Northumbria now and it seems with very little hands-on experience. When we went into the nursing training school you did so many weeks in the training school, then you went on to surgical wards to to put your theory into practice."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 1, 2008
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