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Agnes undertakes nurse training at Rhyl, London and Shrewsbury.

As a result of her life experiences and nurse training, the foundations of Derwen College and RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital are laid.

Agnes Hunt - nurse

In 1900 Agnes opened ‘The Baschurch Home’, Florence House in Baschurch, as a convalescent home for ‘crippled’ children. Here she extolled the benefits of open-air treatment.

“…humble beginning of the first open-air Orthopaedic Hospital of the world”.

Patients slept in open-fronted sheds in the grounds of the Baschurch Home. Even through the harshest of winters, the patients remained in the open-air sheds, tucked up with hot water bottles and layers of blankets.

“The hospital was primitive, extremely uncomfortable and supremely cheerful”.

By 1903 she had formed a partnership with Robert Jones, a renowned orthopaedic surgeon, based in Liverpool.  Agnes Hunt and Robert Jones devoted their knowledge and skill, to the service of the ‘crippled’ and led to the development of the Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry.

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