Glenys Myfanwy Horton was born in Birmingham in 1958. She decided to study nursing, following in the footsteps of her best friend.
Glenys begins by talking about her early life, her home life, then about the training as a nurse, which she felt when she trained was very practical compared to academic training today.
She talks about her recent experience of being a patient, following major surgery. She recalls her training days, exams, the quality of the training and her early experiences as a nurse and through her career.
Recorded on 24/07/2019 in Brighton, UK.
Helen Brownstone was born in London in 1946. She became a volunteer at Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) in 2005 following an operation and invitation to become a voluntary panel consultant.
Helen starts by talking about her experience as an outpatient of the Gastric Diseases unit in the Millenium Building at RSCH in 2005.
She talks about her work as a volunteer, how she helped support other patients with gastrointestinal diseases, training she received, and her work as an ‘expert patient tutor’, which she did for 10 years.
Helen remembers that in approximately 2009, the Intestinal Bowel Disease patient group was invited to work on the 3Ts project to give ‘patient friendly’ advice regarding hospital services, from patients themselves, in order to improve provision in the new hospital.
Recorded on 11/11/2019 in Brighton, UK.
Janet Holm was born in Sherborne, Dorset in 1946.
Janet recalls the diagnosis and treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (which is where acid from the stomach frequently leaves the wrong way, entering the tube connecting the stomach to the mouth) and her experience at Princess Royal Haywards Heath.
She recounts how the disease affected almost all of her life, including socialising, eating and sleeping, and talks about the various procedures she had to go through that took place over 5-6 years from 2012.
Janet also talks about her experience at A&E at Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) following a fall. She describes the differences between RSCH and Princess Royal in Haywards Heath, saying RSCH was run down while Princess Royal was clean and modern.
Recorded on 26/08/2019 (wrongly stated as 2011 on recording) in Brighton, UK.
Dr John Hartley was born in Sheffield in 1946. He trained at University College Hospital, London to do Clinical Studies, qualifying in 1971. In his final year he did an elective at Hammersmith Hospital Respiratory Department, London. This was followed by experience at hospitals in Newcastle, Cardiff and Brighton & Hove. Working primarily as a Consultant Physician. He specialised in Thoracic (Respiratory) Medicine.
John speaks about his experience studying at Oxford’s Trinity College, where he joined the Literary Society, was a member of the Oxford Union, and recounts his religious beliefs fading at Oxford.
He made the move to London and University College Hospital which he enjoyed. Lived with other medical students from 1969-1971 in places like Muswell Hill. There were no CT or MRI scans then, there were some isotope scans but basic by today’s standards. Patients staying weeks in hospital for what seemed to be a few tests in retrospect.
John speaks about moving to Basingstoke, Newcastle and Cardiff, prior to moving to Brighton in 1981, where he started working in Brighton as a Consultant in General and Respiratory Medicine. He talks in detail about his experience of working in Brighton, advancements in medicine, and his own experience with prostate cancer.
Recorded on 11/12/2019 in Brighton, UK.
Dr John Quin was born in Glasgow in 1961. He trained at the medical school at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1978-83, later becoming Registrar before moving to London, followed by Brighton in 1994.
He recalls influences that drew him to medicine being the shows he watched when he was young, such as ‘Dr Kildare’ and ‘MASH’.
Speaks about his career developments in Glasgow, the work there and colleagues, and how junior doctors were expected to work “ridiculous” hours.
Talks about his career at Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) between 1994 and 2016, during which he became Associate Dean and was elected to Royal College of Physicians. He recalls his career at RSCH, including technological and medical advancements that took place and were implemented, including treatment of HIV and MRI scanners being introduced. He also comments on the ever increasing age of patients.
Recorded on 06/01/2020 in Brighton.
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.
Mary Funnell was born in Brighton in 1953. She worked as an Auxiliary Nurse on the Maternity Unit of the Royal Sussex County Hospital from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.
She recalls her experiences of working there, including the daily work routine, how she cared for babies, interactions with colleagues, descriptions of the uniform, and witnessing the aftermath of the Brighton Bombings. She briefly recalls being a patient when she had her tonsils out.
Recorded on 15/10/2019, Brighton, UK
Mike (Michael) Ivan Stanbridge was born in Hackney, London in 1936. Mike recalls his first time in a hospital was when he was around five years old, after breaking his arm falling off a bicycle. He remembers having fun on the children’s ward and being there for three weeks.
He was admitted to Royal Sussex County Hospital following a heart attack in 2017. He was treated with a quadruple bypass. Mike recounts his experience of having an ECG, and the process leading up to the surgery, including consultations with surgeons.
Mike says the food in hospital was adequate, with a variety of choices including lots of vegetables.
Recorded on 24/08/2019, Brighton, UK.
Pamela Finch was born in 1943 in Derbyshire. She had a squint as a child and was a regular visitor to Sheffield Children’s Hospital as an outpatient for treatment.
Her experience of Royal Sussex County Hospital has been as a regular outpatient, as a visitor to the Sussex Eye Hospital every two months. She commends the excellent service and staff on each visit.
Pamela speaks about her condition, which is a macular occlusion, a blockage in her eye, which needs regular treatment. She talks about ‘floaters’ in her right eye and the treatment she has received.
She also speaks about having a liver scan at Amex Stadium, where they have equipment. And her various experiences of staff at the Eye Hospital, and giving birth at other hospitals in England.
Recorded on 24/08/2019, Brighton, UK
Richard Spong was born in 1953, Windlesham, Surrey, and has lived in Hove since 2007.
Richard was admitted to A&E at Royal Sussex County Hospital after fainting on the kitchen floor at home. Following scans, Richard was diagnosed with having a very rare condition, a tumour on his pituitary gland known as Adenoma.
Richard talks about the various procedures that were undertaken at the hospital, including CAT scan, lumbar puncture and various blood tests, plus his stays on different wards.
Being moved around to different parts of the hospital made quite an impression. The Respiratory Ward was Victorian in design with very high windows and when the wind was blowing in the wrong direction there were ghostly howls. The driving rain from the south west hammered at the windows, and was atmospheric. When possible, his wife would go with him because he was still suffering from confusion. He talks about wandering around some of the oldest parts of the hospital. The corridors contained old historical records from years ago.
He says he is a bit evangelical about the need for the NHS. He says in general people are complacent about their health and don’t realise the impact of a life changing condition and the importance of the NHS. Perhaps, if they were exposed to the American medical system, they may realise how fortunate they are and how important the NHS is.
Recorded on 19/07/19, Brighton, UK