Sixties nurses bop to The Beatles

It could be simply groovy being a Blackpool nurse back in the 1960s.

Unlike now, when most colleagues go home after a shift, nurses and doctors would live on site at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Many of those buildings are now used for other purposes, including offices.

These four nurses are relaxing off-duty taking turns spinning some discs on portable record player.

A copy of The Beatles’ first album, Please Please Me released in 1963, is on the mid-century coffee table in the foreground.

Second left is June Bayley (nee Thornton) whose daughter Jill Grugel is Materials Management Coordinator at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals for the NHS Lancashire Procurement Cluster. She says the picture was taken in 1967 for a recruitment campaign in what her mum calls the day room of Home 15. June was a sister with the gastro team prior to retiring.

Do you recognise anyone else? And do you still have those discs?

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We’re counting down the 75 days to the 75th anniversary of the founding of the NHS on 5 July – and Trust colleagues, patients and the local community can all take part.  

We also want to hear what you love about the NHS as well as your stories and memories – and thank you to everyone who has been in touch so far.   

  • How has the NHS changed you or your family’s life for the better? 
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