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The General Hospital, Jersey, Channel Islands

Sheila Le Sueur, gone but not forgotten!

I doubt if any of you will remember Sheila Le Sueur but she certainly remembers her time at the General Hospital in the 1950's.

Sheila was born and brought up in Jersey and trained as a nurse at the London Hospital before returning to Jersey in 1950. She worked in a number of wards in the General until 1953when she decided to take a short trip to America. Almost 50 years later she is still living there but she has not forgotten her roots in Jersey. Sheila recounts her memories of Jersey General and her travels in her book "Two Flags-One Heart" recently published by Starlight Publishing ( priced 5.99). She quotes in her book " The hospital had an atmosphere of progress and optimism. I started work on the male surgical ward and I was very happy to be close to home and back in the island. Work consumed a great deal of time and I do not remember the length of the work week and every other Sunday I had the whole day off after 1 PM."

Sheila has returned to Jersey many times since 1953 and most recently this year she called in to the Personnel Department to ask if we could verify her dates of employment at the General Hospital so that she could get her " qualies". She didn't want to come back to live here - it is just too expensive- but she wanted to book her place in the local cemetery. Sheila's book contains some interesting pictures of Jersey in the 1940's and 50's and a particularly good one of a group of nurses from the General Hospital in August 1950. Can anyone identify any of the nurses in the photograph?



Sheila le Sueur.

(Starlight Publishing 5.95) Sheila Le Sueur was a school- girl during the Occupation. A few years later she moved to London to train as a nurse and then when qualifications under her belt, she went to the United States to work.

That was in 1952 and apart from holidays in the Island of her birth she has never returned; in fact she took US citizenship only a couple of years after she arrived there.

This autobiography is not written as a series of events in historical order, rather it is stream of consciousness stuff, which can be irritating at times. The jumps backwards and forwards between the years mean that the reader has to concentrate, yet the style is readable enough, particularly if you can muster up a mental American accent.

There are areas that I found to be of little interest, but then adult education in another country isn't a burning issue for me.

I was disappointed that there was so little detail about the people she nursed or with whom she worked, especially since when she does provide details about a few of those whose paths she crossed she describes them so well.

Isobel Osmont. Jersey Evening Post.

Please note that I waited the required time to apply for my American citizenship.

I arrived in the US November 1952. I was naturalized March 1958. Sheila Le Sueur. No exceptions were not made for me or are they for anyone as far as I am aware. Sheila Le Sueur.

- vv

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