A Letter to Ann: a day in the life of a nurse at Queen Mary's hospital, Sidcup
16mm film Black & White Silent 1955 17:02
Summary: An amateur film record of a day in the life of a nurse at Queen Mary's hospital, Sidcup.
Title number: 919
LSA ID: LSA/1228
Description: The device of a trainee nurse writing a letter to a friend about her experiences is used to present the range of activities engaged in at Queen Mary's hospital in Bexley. Nurses arriving at the hospital in the morning, caring for infants, scrubbing up and preparing an operating room for surgery, bandaging a child's hand, wheeling a patient's bed into a consulting room, performing x-ray examinations, nurses recreation on the tennis court and smoking cigarettes, receiving education on the skeletal system, practising moving a patient in bed using a mannequin, a doctor taking a blood sample using a large hypodermic syringe, film of a surgical operation (no gory footage), bedridden patients doing basketwork, a nighttime ward, and a doctor being woken from sleep by a telephone call.
Credits: filmmaker: Dr G.H. Daw; filmmaker: Dr L.R. Golicz
Further information: The trainee nurse in the film is played by Miss Marga Bukhausen, a German-born nurse who worked at the hospital. (In the original inventory, the title given was 'A Day in the Life of Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup'.)
Additional information submitted via community cataloguing by one of the filmmakers' sons:
Date: Spring 1955 Film maker was my father
This film was made by two soon-to-be House Physicians, Dr Leszek Golicz and Dr Geoffrey Daw, as a Concept Proposal for the Sidcup & Swanley Group Hospital Management Committee for possible use in Nurse Recruitment by the regional branch of the NHS. Dr Golicz was the cameraman, shooting six reels of 50ft Kodak 16mm b&w film using a Bell & Howell 70 triple-lens clockwork motion picture camera. Dr Daw was responsible for the direction and script. Although the film was silent, an accompanying script was printed and read before an audience, synchronised with the on-screen images.
Drs Golicz and Daw were paid £75 for the proposal, paid by the Regional Hospital Board who acquired the film, which had been edited down to the 17 minutes seen here from a copy made from the 30-minute Master (still in family possession). The quality at this stage was unimportant, and a finer edit would have been made had the proposal been accepted. However, the Board met, voted, and rejected the official use of "A Letter to Ann", returning it to Dr Golicz.
Keywords: Public hospitals; Nurses
In galleries: London’s Key Workers
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Bexley
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Timothy Block wrote on December 4, 2020:Hi Roman Ilmar Golicz, I think your father filmed "Letter to Anne", which I watched and found lovely and charming;…Hi Roman Ilmar Golicz, I think your father filmed "Letter to Anne", which I watched and found lovely and charming; I am a short film maker and would like to know a little more about your father's project. Would you be kind enough to email me at the above address?
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(Roman) Ilmar Golicz wrote on March 15, 2019:Dr Golicz was House Physician in General and Thoracic Medicine at Queen Mary's from 15 July 1955 to 29 February…Dr Golicz was House Physician in General and Thoracic Medicine at Queen Mary's from 15 July 1955 to 29 February 1956. His wife appears as one of the tennis players in the film - the other women were genuine nurses, as of course was Nurse Buckhausen.
This information was submitted by one of their sons.