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Countess honours Kent wartime hospital workers

HRH The Countess of Wessex has unveiled a commemorative stone in honour of the thousands of medical staff from Tunbridge Wells who treated wounded soldiers and civilians during the Great War.

Her visit to Tunbridge Wells Hospital took place a hundred years to the day since the first casualties began to be treated in local hospitals and in makeshift medical centres.

The Countess also had a private tour of the hospital, including a gallery of World War One photographs, and met members of the Hospital Trauma Team to find out how the Emergency Department has learnt lessons from battlefield medical treatments.

We speak to: John Weeks - emergency planning officer and hospital archivist; Baroness Emerton, a former Tunbridge Wells nurse and former Chief Nursing Officer of South East Thames Regional Health Authority and James Nichol Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.