Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The life of heroic nurse Sister Dora is honoured

From Birmingham England-

HEROIC nurse and Anglican nun Sister Dora is often known as Walsall’s answer to Florence Nightingale in her compassionate care for townsfolk.

Born Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison on January 16, 1832 at Hauxwell, a small North Yorkshire village, she arrived in the town on January 8, 1865 and devoted the rest of her days to nursing, particularly those with industrial illnesses.

Before that Dorothy, the second youngest child of the Rev Mark James Pattison, and sister of the scholar Mark Pattison Jnr, had run the village school at Little Woolstone, Buckinghamshire.

In the autumn of 1864, she joined the Sisterhood of the Good Samaritans at Coatham, Middlesbrough and was soon posted to Walsall’s tiny cottage hospital in Bridge Street.

Ruth Vyse, manager of Walsall Local History Centre said: “She ran the cottage hospital till her death in 1878 and made it a model of its kind, in terms of the standard of care it gave to patients.

“She had an influence in the wider world, too, as an example of how nursing should be carried out. There were a lot of concerns about nurses at the time, but she trained a lot of them – many going on to be very successful – while also continuing to learn herself.

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