Mrs Creed, in an interview recorded on March 21st 2007, remembered being in charge of Coupland Ward at the Royal Albert. This was the locked punishment ward for women. She ran this ward for many years, probably during the 1950s and 60s. At that time it was also known as Girls’ Probationary or the Refractory Ward.
“I remember being on Refractory, and I was running that Refractory Ward on my own. And I had 30 patients, most violent patients that you can say at Royal Albert on my own. Some nurses, some nurses left the Royal Albert, they wouldn’t go up, they were too frightened. But you were locked in with them.
So you were there on your own with thirty –
“Yeah. Up in Refractory.
In the Refractory, on Coupland.
“Yeah. On Coupland. I had to… I mean there was me and this other nurse, she used to do it when I was off.”