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Ophthalmic Nursing exhibition at Royal College of Nursing

By Debbie C Heatlie, on 7 August 2019

Moorfields Nurse Consultant, Nicola Dunlop, with the assistance of Debbie Heatlie, Librarian of the Joint Library of Ophthalmology, arranged an exhibition on Ophthalmic Nursing at the RCN Library, running until November 2019.

The exhibition features books on ophthalmic nursing practice from the RCN collection and artefacts used by nurses on loan from the Moorfields Eye Hospital Museum, including Eagle Eye ointment, an early ophthalmoscope, an artificial leech and leech holder and coloured glass dropper bottles.  If you are wondering what the teapot was used for, please visit to find out.

A photo of Nurse Agnes Lansdell and her husband Herbert Crookes reveals a fascinating story of her life. Agnes trained and worked at the London Metropolitan Hospital (Hoxton) and the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital (Moorfields) where she met her future husband whilst he was receiving treatment for shrapnel injuries to the eye sustained during the Battle of the Somme.

Entrance to the exhibit is free.  Royal College of Nursing Library, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN.  Located behind John Lewis in Oxford Street.

Opening hours: Mon – Fri  09:00 – 19:00 ; Saturday 09:00 – 17:00 ; Sunday Closed.



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