People's History of the NHS


Portrait of Sheena Davidson

I used to work with the NHS as an auxiliary nurse when I came to England in 1989. I came over from the Netherlands and then to Leeds.

Working in the NHS was my delight, I loved my job and I loved taking care of people.

My mom, when she came here (from Jamaica), during Windrush, she also was a registered nurse. I encourage people to join the NHS, help others. Tings is really hard and rough at this time but be encouraged.

Sadly when I was working at the NHS I had an accident while working, and that is my downfall, I had to retire early. I miss my job very much, I love to meet people and take care of others… So, with me retired before the time, I didn’t get to do what I really wanted to do, because I really wanted to work in the theatre, I applied for that post, when it came around I could not fulfill that post because of my injury.

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