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Get daily updates directly canada goose outlet parka to your inbox+ SubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Born in a canada goose outlet black friday private home in Warkworth on 4 July 1948, Joan said: „It was a standing joke in my family that if I’d waited a day later, I would have been free!“Retired nurse Joan Watson, of Wideopen canada goose outlet , North Tyneside, was born on 4 July 1948 the day before the NHS was launched(Image: Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust)Prior to 5 July 1948, babies were either born at home, or, increasingly during the 1940s, in hospitals as long as the family were wealthy enough to have health insurance.The foundation of the NHS in 1948 marked a turning point in the history canada goose outlet uk sale of maternity services and sparked renewed interest in maternal health.Whilst canada goose jacket outlet Joan, a mother of three and grandmother of seven, doesn’t recall these early days, she decided canada goose black friday sale in her late teens to join the nursing profession and after a time as a cadet nurse, was based at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary canada goose outlet store where she trained between 1966 to 1969.“In those days you either trained at the RVI or the Newcastle General Hospital. I went to the RVI and was under the formidable guardianship of the Matron at the time, Miss Shaw,“ said Joan, of Wideopen. North Tyneside.(Image: Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust)“All student nurses had to live on site for six months in the nurses home. You left canada goose outlet uk the hospital premises via the grand conservatory. The medics, who were male in the main, lived in Crawford House nearby but we were very much kept apart. The doctors went to the left of the building, and the student nurses to the right never the twain to meet.“In fact segregation between males and females was so strict that even Joan’s father was not permitted to take her suitcase to her room.Joan went on to become a surgical nurse canada goose outlet online and was involved in setting up the region’s first endoscopy unit.(Image: Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust)She added: „Once you had qualified, you had to canada goose outlet toronto factory decide canada goose outlet sale on pursuing nursing in either the medical or surgical field, and after a brief period doing night shift in coronary care, canada goose outlet nyc I moved to the female surgical ward 7. Patients were still segregated in those days.“The surgical speciality was overseen by Professor Ivan Johnson who had a great interest in new interventions. At the time, upper gastrointestinal conditions were assessed using rigid scopes and endoscopy was in its infancy.Another canada goose outlet in usa surgeon on the unit, Mr Chris Venables, approached canada goose outlet online uk Joan to ask if she would like to join them to develop the North East’s very first Endoscopy Unit at the RVI.Joan added: „The role was on a part time basis and canada goose outlet shop as I was the only married nurse on the ward I was able to take a pay cut. It was hard work and I certainly didn’t end up working part time hours, but it was fantastic to be involved and canada goose outlet canada I’m extremely proud of what we achieved.“Joan says that compared to today’s facilities, the early endoscopy service could only be described as a ‚Heath Robinson‘ style set up.Endoscopy techniques developed very quickly and now patients across the North East and Cumbria benefit from a vast range of leading edge endoscopy techniques at the Freeman Hospital and RVI which not only assess all parts of the digestive system, but can treat polyps and take tissue biopsies for complex problems affecting the bile ducts and pancreas.

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