By the early twentieth century, nurses were taking an active role in caring for infectious patients. Fever nurses washed and fed the sick, applied poultices and lotions, and monitored the patient’s temperature and breathing.
One of the first wards to experience the effects of Spanish Flu was St Marylebone Infirmary, London, in October 1918. The Sisters tirelessly cared for the weakened North Kensington community, as well as their own colleagues. The effect on nursing staff was devastating.
Image right: Nursing staff at Hampstead Military Hospital wear their influenza masks for a photograph, 1919.