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Nurse Returns to Glasgow Royal Infirmary – 68 Years After She Left

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A 93-year-old former nurse has made a nostalgic trip to the hospital where she trained in the 1940s. 

Agnes Kay, who now lives in Newcastle was visiting Glasgow but longed to see her former workplace. After a quick phone call from her nephew, her wish was granted. 

Agnes trained as a nurse in the Royal at the end of the Second World War, from 1945-1949, when the hospital had already gained world-wide recognition as a centre of excellence for advances in medicine. 

A delighted Agnes said:”It was wonderful to be back in the Royal after all these years. It brought back so many lovely memories of my time there.  It was also very nice of the team to give up their time to give me the tour; I had a lovely time.” 

John Stuart, NHSGGC’s acting Director of North Sector said: “I was very happy to support Ms Kay’s visit back to the Royal Infirmary and to hear of her fond recollections of working in the Royal in the 1940s. 

“We visited ward 3 where Ms Kay worked  and, although the current ward is a far cry from the ‘Nightingale’ style of ward as it was when she worked there, it did serve to help her reminisce about her time working there as a registered nurse and her stay within the GRI nurses’ home. 

“She spoke warmly of the friendships and camaraderie which she experienced whilst working in the Royal and how this helped her throughout her nursing career. At a personal level, having had the opportunity to meet with Ms Kay does serve to remind me of the fantastic history and heritage resting within this great institution.” 


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Pic:  Agnes meets John Stuart. NHSGGC's Acting Director of North Sector, on her tour of Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

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Last Updated: 19 September 2017