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The work of these trained nurse-radio operators at the Leicester headquarters of

The work of these trained nurse-radio operators at the Leicester headquarters of


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The work of these trained nurse-radio operators at the Leicester headquarters of

The work of these trained nurse-radio operators at the Leicester headquarters of the Coventry doctors deputising service could be a matter of life and death. One of the control panels is here manned by (nearest the camera) Mrs. Janice Ashford and Mrs. Sheila Simpson, with the manageress, Mrs. Gloria Edwards, standing.
15th February 1973

Media ID 21320252

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Leicester National Health Service Operators Staff Switchboard 1973


EDITORS COMMENTS
In this print from 15th February 1973, we are transported back to the bustling Leicester headquarters of the Coventry doctors deputising service. The image showcases the crucial work of trained nurse-radio operators, whose dedication and expertise could mean the difference between life and death. The scene unfolds with two remarkable women, Mrs. Janice Ashford and Mrs. Sheila Simpson, diligently manning one of the control panels at the forefront of our attention. Their focused expressions reveal a deep sense of responsibility as they navigate through an intricate web of switches and buttons that hold immense power in their hands. Standing beside them is none other than Mrs. Gloria Edwards, the manageress who oversees this vital operation. Her poised presence exudes confidence and reassurance amidst what must be a high-pressure environment. This snapshot encapsulates an era when technology was beginning to revolutionize healthcare communication systems within the National Health Service (NHS). The black-and-white aesthetic adds a timeless quality to this powerful image, reminding us that even decades ago, these unsung heroes were tirelessly working behind-the-scenes for public welfare. As we reflect on this poignant moment frozen in time, let us acknowledge and appreciate these dedicated individuals who played an integral role in connecting patients with medical professionals during times of urgent need – truly embodying how every second counted when it came to preserving precious lives.

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