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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Joan Woodcock - Matron Knows Best

Review written by Maggie Perkovic and read live on the bookshow on 26th Feb 2015
This is a true story of Joan Woodcock who started her career in 1966 as
a cadet nurse, where Matron is very much in charge.
She loved the work and put up with the more unpleasant areas without complaint.
No university training for her,,just basic knowledge and of course the dreaded
exams which she studied for and managed to pass.
During her career she worked on hospital wards, casualty units, out in the community ,
as well as stints in prison and in a police unit dealing with sexual assaults.
From  an early encounter with an axe injury to a patient who swallowed their
suppositories. to daily dealings with difficult patients and all kinds of bodily
fluids Joan shares her memories with laughter.warmth and tragedy, and she
praises the now defunct matron system which ensured clean wards and cared for
Reading this book makes one realise how much has been lost by constant changes
in the NHS, professionalism and patient care being replaced by too few staff
and those in charge not understanding what is happening on a day to day basis.
Very good, Maggie Perkovic,

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