Saturday, 5 January 2013
Matron on call by Joan Woodcock
I do not work in the medical profession, however I have recently become interested in reading memoirs reminiscing about years gone by and their training. This was my latest guilty pleasure in reading about nursing in years gone by and I really liked the format of this book.
The book is set as a shift over New Years Eve in the 1980's at Wythenshawe Hospital where the author, Joan Woodcock, worked for six years. The author has decided to link stories together over the shift and although the cases are all true, they did not all happen in one night. I think this was a very clever idea and I enjoyed this format, although I have seen that other bloggers were unsure about this techniqur.
As with any hospital shift there were many cases - some were simple cases which needed cleaning, dressing and discharging, whereas others were more difficult, sometimes upsetting cases which left me thinking about the patients and their families after I closed the book.There were also humourous cases - a young man who caught himself in his trousers but also the distressing cases of overdoses. The book is a real piece of social history and I would recommend young student nurses read this book and see how the profession has progressed in the past 30 years.