Vanessa Martin

The Great Ormond Street Nurse

County Buildings
Sat 1 Oct
10:30 UK
£7.50

“You must learn to hold in your feelings," Matron said, firmly but not unkindly. "One day it will be your duty to support the family and other staff through this tragedy. You need to be strong."


Nostalgic, charming and full of heart, The Great Ormond Street Nurse is the heroic tale of a woman who has dedicated over forty years to the NHS. From the first time Vanessa Martin set foot inside the world's most renowned children's hospital at Great Ormond Street, she knew that she would never have a dull moment. From her first confrontation with the legendary matron, to consoling hordes of worried parents and caring for the wonderful bundles of joy themselves, Vanessa enters a world full of laughter, heartache and, most importantly, hard work.

In this heart-warming memoir of a passionate, determined young woman trying to help as many children as she can, Vanessa pulls back the curtain on the bustling world of 1960s London, and tells the remarkable story of finding her place within it. In conversation with Cathy Agnew.

About the Author

Vanessa Martin worked in the NHS for forty years, latterly managing a children's plastic surgery ward before becoming Nurse Consultant and the Clinical Director of a Cleft Lip and Palate Service for East Midlands. She won the Royal College of Nursing / Nursing Standard Nurse of the Year 2000 award for work with families of children with cleft lip and palate. She was also awarded a Fellowship by the Royal College of Nursing for her work with the Westminster government steering committee, setting standards for Cleft Services. She lives in Dumfries & Galloway.

Copies of Vanessa Martin's book The Great Ormond Street Nurse are available here.

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