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Nursing statues stand proud outside Oswestry hospital

By Aimee Jones | Gobowen | News | Published:

Two nursing statues have been reinstated at Oswestry's orthopaedic hospital after being repaired and renovated.

Mark Austin, mechanical estates supervisor, Simon Everett, estates manager, Helen Knight, fundraising manager and Natalie Ringsell from M.E. & A Hughes with the nursing statues

The sculptures - which used to hang from the walls of the old nursing home that once stood on the site - replicate what is said to be 1950s Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt (RJAH) nurses, Sister Saxon and Elspeth Scott Jones.

Mark Austin, mechanical estates supervisor, submitted a bid through the Ideas Scheme – an initiative that allows staff to make suggestions to improve working life, a change to a process or to boost staff wellbeing – to have the statues reinstated.

He said: “The old nursing home was demolished back in 2011 and since then, the nursing statues have been sat in storage.

“I decided to put an idea in through the Ideas Scheme as I thought it was a real shame to see some hospital history go to waste and be hidden away.”

The statues were created in 1955 and after restoration from M.E. & A Hughes in Welshpool to remove any wear and tear, they are now standing proud outside the main entrance.

The RJAH Charity invested £4,500 into the renovation and repair of the statues.

Simon Everett, estates manager for compliance and sustainability, said: “I’d like to thank the RJAH Charity and M.E. & A Hughes for their support with this project.

“The statues have a fond place in the heart of many current and former staff members, especially nurses.

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“We’ve already received many comments from staff, patients and visitors about how much they’re enjoying seeing them.”

The taller of the two statues is a model of Sister Saxon who was appointed as a junior theatre sister in August 1949, while the smaller statue is Elspeth Scott Jones, a student nurse.

Helen Knight, fundraising manager, said: “The RJAH Charity was delighted to support the restoration and re-installation of these nursing statues.

“They are a vital part of RJAH history and I’m thrilled at how spectacular they look outside the main entrance.”

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones
@aimeejones_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.

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