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The Changing Face of Nursing: Black Nurses in Surrey Hospitals. A talk for Black History Month

Type: Event

Location: Surrey History Centre

Entry: Paid Entry

Event Date: 01/10/2021

From its launch in July 1948, the National Health Service relied on the labour of thousands of nurses, doctors, and health care workers from overseas, particularly the Caribbean and West Africa. Surrey hospitals were no exception and the vast records Surrey History Centre hold for them show the recruitment of staff from these areas and their importance in building the NHS post-war. Dr Catherine Babikian will be joining Surrey History Centre on Friday 1 October 2021 to give an online Zoom talk ‘The Changing Face of Nursing: Black Nurses in Surrey Hospitals’. Dr Babikian is an American historian interested in the relationship between migration and health care and her PhD thesis examined the history of overseas nurses in the NHS and the impact of nurse migration on Britain and its former colonies. In this talk she will draw on Surrey History Centre’s rich health care collections to explore the experiences of Black nurses in Surrey. The talk will begin with some framing context for how and why Black nurses from the Caribbean and Africa came to staff the NHS, before diving into the archives of Surrey hospitals such as West Park Hospital, Epsom, and Netherne Hospital, Coulsdon. For more details and to book tickets go to our Heritage Events page at

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