The Anglo-Russian Hospital in Petrograd


The Anglo-Russian Hospital, with 200 beds, opened in Petrograd (St Petersburg was renamed Petrograd in 1914, so that its name sounded less German) on 12 February 1916. The opening ceremony was attended by the Russian Tsarina Alexandra, her elder daughters Tatiana and Olga and the British ambassador to Russia George Buchanan and his wife Georgina. An article published in The British Journal of Nursing on 9 October 1915 described the arrangements for the new hospital: nursing and medical staff and equipment were sent from Britain; the nurses were paid £4-5 a month plus expenses and provided with uniform and some other outfit; some of the staff could speak Russian. A Canadian nurse, Dorothy Cotton, worked there and gave a personal account of her experiences in her diary.

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