More than 200 people attended a service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust yesterday to commemorate the nurses and other staff members from the trust who died during the Second World War bombings.
The event, held in the gardens of St Thomas’ Hospital, marked 75 years since the bombing during the Blitz which killed 10 members of staff including two student nurses, a nursing assistant, surgeons, physiotherapists and also fire-fighters.
Despite being seriously damaged throughout the war, both hospitals remained open and treated casualties from across London.
The Bishop of Southwark and Mayor of Lambeth attended yesterday’s event, as well as staff and relatives of those working at St Thomas’ Hospital during the war.
“75 years on, we remember the doctors, nurses and physiotherapists who died at St Thomas’ during the Blitz”
Sir Hugh Taylor
The 30-minute service included a number of readings including those from chief nurse Dame Eileen Sills and Marie McDonald, director of nursing for adult services.
Rosemary Hitchcock, 92, who worked as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital during WW2, said: “Any police who needed hospital treatment were brought to us at St Thomas’. The police and the nurses were a great mix. If anything went wrong, or we needed help, they were right there.”
Sir Hugh Taylor, chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, said “The first bombs hit the hospitals on 8 and 9 September 1940. Now, 75 years on, we remember the doctors, nurses and physiotherapists who died at St Thomas’ during the Blitz.”