People's History of the NHS


Portrait of Priscilla Ravenscroft

I was trained as an enrolled nurse at Dudley Road Hospital (Birmingham) in 1978. I worked for one year at the hospital then joined the Royal Navy and was in the Navy for 14 years.

When I left the Navy I went into private nursing, so I haven’t been in the NHS for a long time…

I had a fantastic time in the Navy, went to Gibraltar, lived out there for three years, spent a lot of time travelling, but most of my time was in Plymouth for about 18 years before coming back to Birmingham.

I didn’t find there was a great divide between colour in the Navy, we were all treated the same, y’know I got on well with my counterparts and they got on with me.

I joined the Navy because I wanted to move away from Birmingham (laughs)! I wanted to travel the world and have some experience outside of Birmingham. I find Birmingham very claustrophobic... there’s lots of interracial things (political events) happening, because I come from Handsworth so I just wanted to get out and have a wider experience rather than just be here.

(Handsworth, Birmingham) it’s no different now to when I was last here in 1980. There’s still tension in the area, there’s still violent crimes happening, so it hasn’t moved on in my experience anyway.

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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