At the Coalface: The Memoir of a Pit Nurse

By Veronica Clark

A heart-warming tale of a lady who dedicated her existence to supporting others. this is often the memoir of Joan, who began nursing within the Forties and whose reviews took her into the Yorkshire mining pits and during the tumult of the 1984-85 miners' strike. Joan Hart consistently knew what she desired to do together with her lifestyles. Born in South Yorkshire in 1932, she began her nursing education whilst she used to be sixteen, the youngest age women may accomplish that on the time. She persevered operating after she married and her paintings took her to London and Doncaster, taking care of little ones and miners. while she took a role as a pit nurse in Doncaster in 1974, she discovered that during order to be accredited by means of the lads lower than her care, she must turn into one among them. as a rule rejecting a standard nurse's uniform and wearing a saggy miner's swimsuit, pit boots, a hardhat and a headlamp, Joan resolved regularly to move all the way down to injured miners and convey them out of the pit herself. Over 15 years Joan grew to grasp the miners not just as a nurse, yet as a confidante and buddy. She tended to injured miners underground, rescued males trapped within the pits, and supplied help for them and their households in the course of the sour miners' strike which stretched from March 1984 to 1985. relocating and uplifting, this can be a tale of 1 woman's lifestyles, marriage and paintings; it's sure to make readers chortle, cry, and smile.

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I demanded that Peter be said the heart specialist at Doncaster Royal Infirmary who had handled him as a personal sufferer. ‘Well,’ the general practitioner spoke back, ‘if that’s what you will want, then I recommend you ask him your self. ’ So I did. I picked up the telephone and rang his spouse, who informed me her husband might name at our condo on his option to the sanatorium. He took one examine Peter, and in the hour he had my husband admitted to the coronary care unit simply because his middle wasn’t beating accurately. unfortunately, Peter by no means got here domestic.

Fowl girl 20. Noel 21. aim 22. finish of the Strike 23. Loss 24. everlasting Nurse Acknowledgements thesaurus of Mining phrases particular pattern bankruptcy in the event you like this, you’ll love … relocating Memoirs eNewsletter Write for Us concerning the writer Prologue losing the phone receiver backtrack into its cradle, I jumped to my ft and closed the door. My light blue total was once nonetheless grubby with coal dirt from my pit inspection the day earlier than. i used to be a nurse on name, accountable for hundreds of thousands of miners, and instantaneously one in every of them wanted me.

I knew i wanted to check him. I checked out his face, which was once contorted with discomfort whereas his entire physique writhed. I washed my fingers – we didn’t put on rubber gloves at the moment – and as I rotated i spotted that the stretcher-bearers have been nonetheless status there. ‘Is every thing o.k.? ’ I requested, part watching for them to provide me with extra clinical info. nobody spoke. in its place, all of them regarded a piece shifty, even though it was once transparent they had no goal of leaving. ‘You can pass now,’ I steered.

I ran after him, yet he rotated sharply, bringing me to a surprising halt. ‘No, Sister. You cease the following for a minute simply because there’s gonna be a few foul language,’ he warned, protecting the palm of his hand as much as cease me. I shook my head. ‘I’m yes I’ve heard all of it before,’ I argued, however the deputy supervisor used to be adamant. I did as i used to be informed, however it defeated the thing simply because i'll nonetheless listen the boys effing and blinding from the place i used to be status. The deputy supervisor finally got here to fetch me. ‘He’s okay,’ he acknowledged.

Rumours were circulating approximately wages, pit closures and attainable moves. the standard upbeat temper within the pit backyard had replaced. males spoke in hushed voices approximately adjustments afoot, which was once very unsettling. I’d regularly refused to get entangled in union concerns. If there has been a controversy or incident, I’d ask the union consultant to step outdoor in order that he may perhaps talk about it with the boys, simply because my scientific centre wasn’t a spot for politics. I refused to aspect with both administration or miners, simply because in my brain i used to be there to aid all of them, yet quickly whatever could occur to show all our worlds the other way up.

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