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Sister Kate By Kate O'Hanlon

Sister Kate by Kate O'Hanlon

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My life as sister-in-charge of the casualty department of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast at the height of the Troubles

Sister Kate Summary

Sister Kate: Nursing Through the Troubles by Kate O'Hanlon

When Kate O'Hanlon started work at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, the people brought in to the casualty department were suffering from acute medical conditions or were victims of road traffic accidents. So when the telephone rang one evening in June 1966 with the news that there had been a shooting in Malvern Street, no one in the department could believe it.

But before long such incidents became daily occurrences - over a three-year period on 48 occasions, the department received patients with multiple injuries caused by explosions - and the hospital went on to treat more victims of the Troubles than any other hospital.

Kate spent 16 years as the nurse in charge of casualty, working through many of the darkest days of the Troubles, including the bombings of McGurk's bar, the Abercorn and Donegall Street as well as Bloody Friday.

Told with her trademark blend of warmth, compassion and humour, this is her fascinating, frank and no-nonsense story of nursing on the front line. If you enjoyed Call the Midwife, Yes Sister, No Sister or Matron on Call, this is the perfect book for you.

Sister Kate Reviews

Running Casualty is really very simple: you have to love everybody, you have to listen to everybody; and when in doubt you do just what Sister O'Hanlon tells you.

-- Dr William Rutherford, A&E Consultant

Full of gripping eyewitness accounts ... [ Sister Kate ] offers a fascinating insight into the horrors of the darkest days of the Troubles.

Reading [this] well-written book about the often harrowing experiences managing the Royal Victoria A&E department during the 1970s and 1980s, the word indomitable springs to mind.'

This is a moving and extremely readable biography.

About Kate O'Hanlon

Kate O'Hanlon (MBE) was born in the Markets area of Belfast. She worked as sister in charge of the Casualty department of the Royal Victoria Hospital for sixteen years. Described on her retirement as 'the United Kingdom's best known casualty nurse' (Belfast Telegraph), Kate was chairman of the Royal College of Nursing's A & E Forum for nine years and secretary for three. She has travelled the world, attending conferences to talk about her experiences, and formed part of a United Nations delegation that visited Gaza and the West Bank to assess the emergency facilities available to the Palestinian victims of the intifada. She was a Dame of the Order of Malta, and in 2007 was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the Royal College of Nursing.

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Sister Kate: Nursing Through the Troubles by Kate O'Hanlon
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