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Young Red Cross nurses, 1950s

Young Red Cross volunteers from London in training at a hospital. One is giving a patient his meal and the other is showing a patient some books.


Even with the advent of the NHS, auxiliary nurses were still needed across the country. Local Red Cross Branches had volunteers regularly helping in local hospitals and carrying out duties under the supervision of district nurses. Hospitals often called on Red Cross volunteers during epidemics and busy times (like Christmas), and to cover staff leave. Volunteers also nursed the aged and sick in remote villages.


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Uploaded on March 1, 2010