matron pre-NHS image from New Medical Terms

matron pre-NHS



A very senior nurse in the UK who provides onsite leadership to a service or hospital, serves as nursing supervisor in the UK, and is concerned with improving the patient experience.

The “old school” matron was the senior-most nurse in a particular hospital and was responsible for the entire nursing and domestic staff. She (never he) oversaw all patient care and efficient running of the hospital. They were fearsome babes, lacking  only horns and breastplates to be Wagnerian  in appearance. 

matron Brunnhilde image from New Medical Terms

matron Brunnhilde

The “old school” matrons were abolished in late 1960s with the reshuffling of the NHS on the heels of the Salmon report.  

Synonym Hospital matron 


A big ol’ girl  

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