A 90-year-old former nurse at the Gippsland Base Hospital found her old room when she visited the Nurses Home as part of the open day to mark the Sale Hospital’s 150th anniversary.
Director of Community Services, Mandy Pusmucans, was overwhelmed by the responses from more than 120 interested tour participants.
“Before entering the building, I stood before probably 120 interested tour participants all eager to look through the building,” Mandy said. “I had opened up about six (not all) offices on the first floor for people to wander through as well as the Conference Room on their way out.
“Some of tour participants had lived here themselves and trained as nurses at Sale Hospital and others had relatives who had done this. And some were relatives of existing staff who wanted to see where their loved ones toiled every day.”
Mandy listed some “lovely vignettes” from the tour follow:
- A lady in her 90s had lived here and remembered well a number of the rooms.
- Another older lady “Isobel” had lived in the room that is now our Reception, though she said it looked quite different to when she lived here.
- I was told that the first floor central wing towards the linen service, was always the wing where you slept when on Night Duty, because it was kept quieter.
- Another person was keen to see the larger balconies on the linen service side of the building – because that was where they used to hang their “smalls” on a little washing line.
- Two ladies, a little younger, were keen to see where their mothers had lived and trained. One had a photo of their mother on the balcony – and they were keen to re-create that photo – which we were able to accommodate for them. They were so pleased. They also said that their mothers had their Wedding recipients in the Conference room. Duly attended by the Matron of the day!
And thanks to Ruth and Bec for helping with the crowd control!”