University of Chester

Scottish Women’s Hospitals: the nurses of Royaumont in France 1914-1919

Dr Alison O’Donnell, Honorary Lecturer, University of Dundee, and member of the Royal College of Nursing’s History of Nursing Society’s Steering Committee.

FHSC Historical Society volunteers
FHSC Historical Society volunteers
Link to Scottish Women’s Hospitals: the nurses of Royaumont in France 1914-1919  event

Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016
16:00 – 17:30
University of Chester Riverside Campus (room tbc)

Dr Alison O'Donnell

Dr Alison O’Donnell will explore the history of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. Founded by Dr Elsie Inglis, these remarkable units were staffed entirely by women, from nurses and surgeons to cooks and engineers. This presentation will focus on one hospital set up in 1914 at Royaumont Abbey, near Paris, France and the work of the nursing staff who cared for soldiers during WW1.

Host: Faculty of Health and Social Historical Society

The University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) Historical Society aims to unite individuals with an interest in medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work across the University and the wider community. The Society meets regularly for a range of talks and discussion and anyone with an interest in health and social care or social history is welcome to attend.


Admission free but booking necessary.

Please contact Roger Whiteley (, 01244 511619) to confirm your place.

There is no car parking available at the Riverside Campus (formerly County Hall) and access to the lecture rooms is through the main entrance, opposite the River Dee. The address is: University of Chester, Riverside Campus, Castle Drive, Chester CH1 1SL.

The Faculty of Health and Social Care Riverside Museum will also be open between 1pm and 4pm.