Statistics & Evidence Based Healthcare

Devonshire Royal Hospital, 1859-2000

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Devonshire Royal Hospital was created in 1859 as a charity hospital for the ‘sick poor’ in Lancashire and Yorkshire, near Florence Nightingale’s family home in Lea Hurst. The hospital serves as yet another example of Nightingale’s tireless campaigning work. She often provided financial support for medical care of people in her community and, in 1878, was distressed to learn that standards at Devonshire Hospital were lacking. Enlisting help from her various connections, including an appeal to the Duke of Devonshire, and within a year the hospital was “what it ought to be”.

Devonshire Hospital

Entrance to Chalybeate room, St. Anne’s Well. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY 4.0

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Nightingale is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in developing the nursing profession, her statistical work, and her evidence-based approach to healthcare. In honour of her bicentenary the World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

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