Brent medical chief leads procession at Florence Nightingale commemorative service

Gloria Rowland, a Florence Nightingale Scholar, led the traditional procession (pic credit: BRD ASSO

Gloria Rowland, a Florence Nightingale Scholar, led the traditional procession (pic credit: BRD ASSOCIATES) - Credit: Archant

A medical chief led a special procession at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the life and work of Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale known as ‘the lady of the lamp.

Gloria Rowland, a Florence Nightingale Scholar, led the traditional procession (pic credit: BRD ASSO

Gloria Rowland, a Florence Nightingale Scholar, led the traditional procession (pic credit: BRD ASSOCIATES) - Credit: Archant

Gloria Rowland, head of midwifery and gynaecology at The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, carried a ceremonial lamp with an escort of senior nurses from the University of the West of England during the annual service.

Ms Nightingale who was heralded for her nursing skills during the Crimean War was born 194 years ago today.

She died aged 90 on August 13, 1910.

The event was attended by nurses and representatives form the Florence Nightingale Foundation which creates a living memorial to the medic’s hard work by offering scholarships to use for the study of nursing and midwifery.


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Ms Rowland, whose role includes overseeing maternity services at Northwick Park Hospital, received a scholarship from the foundation to evaluate a maternity information DVD for non-English speaking Somali women.

She said: “It was an honour for me and the trust to be selected to carry the lamp and lead the nursing possession this year in such an important service and to see so many colleagues from across the country involved.

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“It was a fantastic service and evening which I am grateful to have been selected to play such an important role.”

For more information about the foundation visit http://www.florence-nightingale-foundation.org.uk/

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