People's History of the NHS


Portrait of Daphne Mighty

My Father arrived in England from Kingston, Jamaica in 1953 and he sent for my Mother who arrived in 1954. They settled in Wolverhampton. I came to England in July 1967.

As a child growing up I had always wanted to be a Nurse. I started at Bilston College in September 1967 to do my pre-training course.

I started my nurse training in September 1970 at the District Hospital (Edward Street, West Bromwich). As part of our training we were on rotation at Hallam, Heath Lane & Moxley Hospitals.

I completed my training in January 1973 and became an Enrolled Nurse. I worked in Medicine, Surgical and ENT departments.

After I finished my Enrolled Nurse training I applied to become a State Registered Nurse but my application wasn’t accepted. I was told that I was a very good “Enrolled Nurse” but offered no further opportunity to develop.

I worked at Hallam Hospital up until 1974, when I took time out to start and raise my family. I returned to work in 1987 at the old Dudley Road Hospital (City Hospital) in Elderly Care. I remained there until my retirement in 2003 due to ill health.

I enjoyed my career and helping people who were ill to become well. It was hard work but very rewarding.

All photographs copyright of Inès Elsa Dalal © 2019 Commissioned by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, 2018. No photographs or text may be referenced or published elsewhere, without prior permission.

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