Bus Crash Opposite Hospital

42 hurt: Nurses run out to give aid

By Beverley Walker

On 7th November 1961 a bus crashed outside St. Helier Hospital.

The St. Helier Hospital treated 42 casualties, eight of them members of their own staff, when two double deck buses collided head-on outside the hospital entrance in Wrythe Lane today.

One bus swerved to avoid a car pulling out from the kerb" said a police spokesman. After the crash nurses and hospital porters hurried across the forecourt with stretcher-trolleys.

Splintering glass caused many injuries. Passengers not seriously hurt walked into the casualty department.  Only two injured were detained - Mrs Doris Cumber aged 55, of Blanchland Road, Morden, an assistant in the hospital dispensing department (head and back injuries) and Mrs Audrey Courtman, aged 40, of Lavender Vale, Wallington (lacerations to face and back injury.

An official of the hospital said: We have a major accident scheme, but we did not bring it into operation because the accident was just outside the hospital. We were able to deal with all casualties in the casualty department, with the assistance of extra casualty doctors and nursing staff.*

*The Times, 8th November 1961

This page was added by Beverley Walker on 20/06/2010.
Comments about this page

I was a student nurse from January 1961 to April 1964.  Some of my friends at that time were Nurse Eighteen and Rosemary Stanton, Carla Dwars, Pam Cooper and Kathleen Bye come to mind. I do remember the bad winter in 1963 I have photos of Nancy Chu and myself snowballing in it. Also playing tennis on the tennis courts that were there at that time. bye for now. Louisa.

By louisa blackburn
On 19/09/2011

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