Ken Broomfield

Ken Broomfield was born in Edinburgh in 1943. Ken was a Patient at Sussex Eye Hospital and Royal Sussex County Hospital, and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children in the 1940s.

He describes having regular check-ups at the eye hospital and being diagnosed with a weak eye around the age of four. He talks about the process of checking children’s eyes if a child didn’t yet know the alphabet.

Ken recollects his time in the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children due to removal of tonsils and adenoids, and compares the difference between being treated in the present and as a child mid-20th century.

Recorded on 07/10/2019 in Brighton, UK.

Oral history: Ken Broomfield