Letter: Nursing AIDS patients in the 80s gave me strength to deal with extreme care situations
Jackie Hunt says our article on AIDS wards in the 80s reminded her of the challenges of working as a young night sister
I was completely absorbed in the article ‘ Nursing in a war zone ’. As a night sister aged 25 at The Middlesex Hospital in the 1980s, I looked after patients with AIDS without any training or warning of what I might encounter. I just found them, shut away in side-rooms with a lot of black bin liners outside the door. ‘Let the porters know when you want any rubbish to be taken away’, I was told.
I spent hours with them at night giving huge cocktails of intravenous drugs. Their symptoms and appearance were both alarming and heart-rending. But because of the time I had with them giving IV drugs, I...
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