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The long struggle to give West Norfolk modern up-to-date care: the history of what became the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The days when a nurse’s daily rations were half-a-loaf of bread, a pint of beer and meat from the hospital broth and when patients had a change of bed sheets only once a month, were described in a special Lynn News and Advertiser report in July, 1948.

In the second of our features looking at the National Health Service – which today finds itself under considerable pressures due to the coronavirus pandemic – we reprint in full that article contributed by Mr JE Searjeant, the house governor and secretary, to the last issue of the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn General Nurses’ League Journal and Hospital News.

He wrote: "The maxim “Grow or Die’ is peculiarly apropos to the voluntary hospitals. A hospital cannot stand still and expect to survive."

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