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Celebrating more than a Century of Expertise: Mildmay Nurses

Updated: May 15

Nurses' Day banner showing Mildmay nurses through the ages against a red AIDS ribbon

This International Nurses Day, May 12th, Mildmay celebrates our fantastic nursing team and honours a rich legacy of exceptional care that stretches back over 150 years.

Our nursing legacy extends far beyond London. Mildmay nurses staffed the Doncaster Royal Infirmary for sixteen years and contributed their expertise at the Enfield Cottage Hospital and the British Seaman's Hospital in Malta. Mildmay Deaconesses were also highly sought after as advisors to organizations like Dr Barnardo's work in Bow, the YMCA, and the Manchester Star Mission. By 1892, there were 147 fully trained deaconesses, with 100 serving internationally (in China, Japan, Africa, India, Palestine, Malta, and Egypt) and 47 working within the UK.

Today, our nursing team reflects the global nature of healthcare, with nurses hailing from many different countries. Our expertise has evolved, focusing on the complex needs of people living with HIV and those struggling with the harsh realities of homelessness. Our motivation remains the same: dedication to delivering the best possible care, with dignity and respect at every turn.

Our nurses navigate the intricacies of treatment for complex HIV-related conditions, providing not just medical care, but also emotional support and guidance. They are on the frontline in the fight against homelessness, treating chronic health issues and comorbidities often exacerbated by life on the streets. They are educators, advocates, and counsellors; all rolled into one.

"International Nurses Day - celebrated each year on Florence Nightingale's birthday - recognises and celebrates the amazing work of nurses and nursing assistants all over the world.
At Mildmay, we will be celebrating Nurses Day on Wednesday 15th May. The nursing team is inviting all staff to join us at our tea party in the Day Room on Catherine Ward. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Registered Nurses, Healthcare Support Worker's (HCSW's) and student nurses for their amazing work, dedication and compassionate care for all our patients at Mildmay."

Teri Milewska

Matron (Registered Manager and Lead Nurse)

This #NursesDay, we celebrate the legacy of the Mildmay Deaconesses and all the remarkable nurses who have followed in their footsteps. We also thank you for your commitment, compassion, and expertise in dealing with some of healthcare's most pressing challenges.


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