July 6, 2021, by Richard Bates

London Road Community Hospital in Derby Renamed After Florence Nightingale

On July 5th 2021, London Road Community Hospital in Derby was renamed Florence Nightingale Community Hospital. In addition to the renaming, the current and former chairs of the hospital, respectively Dr Kathy McLean and John Rivers CBE, unveiled a new statue of Florence Nightingale.

In his talk at the event, Mr Rivers highlighted how Florence Nightingale spent much of her time living in Derbyshire and inspired so many major developments in healthcare, from nurse training and hospital design to advancing approaches to civilian and military sanitation.

Professor Paul Crawford, who attended as one of 30 invited guests, comments: ‘This is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Florence Nightingale at a time when the NHS has battled through the pandemic. The new statue becomes a sister piece to the one by Lady Feodora Gleichen erected further along London Road in 1914. John has been wonderfully supportive with our AHRC-funded project ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home’, serving on its Advisory Board.’

The project led by Professor Paul Crawford, with Professor Anna Greenwood, Dr Richard Bates and Dr Jonathan Memel, resulted in an acclaimed new history of her life and work Florence Nightingale at Home (Palgrave, 2020). The book has since been longlisted for the B.S. Hughes Prize.

The project has also marked the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale birth in 1820 in a new exhibition ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home’ at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, curated by Hayley Cotterill from Manuscripts and Special Collections, which is open until 5 September 2021.

Further information and resources from the project can be found at www.florencenightingale.org.

Our book, Florence Nightingale at Home, is available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Florence-Nightingale-Home-Paul-Crawford/dp/3030465330

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