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Search for 'reel' student nurses from 1945

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A search is under way for two nurses who appeared in a 1945 factual film designed to encourage recruitment to the profession.

The BBC is trying to trace them for a programme about the early days of the NHS seen through archive film footage. The old film, called Student Nurse, was produced in collaboration with Birmingham United Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Unit.

“We don’t know anything about them,” assistant producer Gordon Hart told Nursing Times. “We’d love to hear from anyone who worked at the hospital at the time when the filming took place and may know a bit more about it.”

He is also keen to hear from other nurses or midwives who worked in the NHS during the 1940s and 1950s. Mr Hart said: “We’re trying to get a sense of what it was like working in the NHS at the time.”

The Reel History of Britain series will be screened on BBC2 in the autumn. Anyone interested in taking part should call 0161 244 3289.

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  • I bet they wouldn't be encouraging recruitment now. Hope you find them, and just show how the vision of the NHS has changed beyond recognition

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