People's History of the NHS


Portrait of Violet May Hayles

How long did you work in the NHS?
I worked in the NHS for about 40 years.

Would you like to share anything about your experience?
There’s so much! Tings has change, but, I was happy there...
Other than that… care for the patients and nothing else really...

I worked on the new block at Summerfield (North Birmingham).

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.

4 thoughts on “Portrait of Violet May Hayles

  1. My mother worked in mental health. God rest her soul , she has passed for many years but strengthens me every day. I would welcome being there to remember her and all of the other people I know who have worked in the NHS from the Windrush generation. @yearwoodjackman

    1. We would love to hear more about your mother and her work for the NHS, and to include memories and recognition of her contributions in our archive. If you would like to share anything with us, do please get in touch here or at our email address:
      Recognising the long-term impact of the Windrush Generation and their heritage of contributing to the NHS themselves and through inspiring their children is especially important and urgent now.

  2. I was browsing your blog whilst looking for information for a project for my Year 6 class on The Windrush Generation and their influence on the NHS. It was so wonderful reading the stories of these inspiring people and I’m sure the kids will love to hear about them too. Thank you to each and every one of you for everything.

    1. We are so happy to hear that your students enjoyed these stories! I’ll be sure to pass this along to our lovely contributors and the artist who created the portraits. And THANK YOU for sharing this important aspect of our history with your students!

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