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“What Price Health? Taunton’s Hospitals Before The NHS” by Mary Siraut

19 October, 2022 @ 19:30 - 21:00

2022 marks the 250th anniversary of the first purpose-built hospital in Taunton, the 200th of the second and third to open and the 80th of the present Musgrove Park Hospital. In the 19th century hospital treatment for the poor other than at the poor law infirmary depended on
charitable donations and doctors giving their time for nothing. Nurses were regarded as servants and had minimal training but hospitals saved and improved many lives, guided by that underpaid and undervalued heroine, the hospital matron.

WEDNESDAY 19 Oct 2022 7.30pm
At the Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way. Norton Fitzwarren, TAUNTON, TA2 6SF

Refreshments will be available
All welcome, suggested donation £5

To book email or ring 01823 272429 [voicemail] before 17 October


19 October, 2022
19:30 - 21:00



Somerset Heritage Centre
Brunel Way. Norton Fitzwarren
Taunton, TA2 6SF
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