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I think the changes are amazing. It’s giving me tingles and I feel like crying actually. It’s very emotional to be here in 2018 having started in 1964.Amanda Voets, retired nurse and emergency department volunteer
In 1964, Amanda White was one of the first nurses at Blacktown Hospital. Now retired and working as a volunteerin our emergency department, Amanda shared her story for Volunteers Week. 

“I was a nurse at Blacktown Hospital when it opened in 1965. I was Amanda White then. I came back two years ago as a volunteer in the emergency department. 

While I’m still capable of being on my feet, I love being here and helping people.

It’s very exciting to see the prototype rooms, and to be here on site, because the hospital means a lot to me. 
I think the changes are amazing.

It’s giving me tingles and I feel like crying, actually. 

It’s very emotional to be here in 2018 having started in 1964 when I was in the first group of girls who went to St George (for training).  

We lived in the nurses’ home which is no longer there. It was down the front in that vacant lot, and the ducks sit in it when it fills up with water!

I had a wonderful time. 

We bonded together as nurses because we lived in, but there were rules. We couldn’t be out after 11 o’clock at night and you couldn’t be married or pregnant. 

It was a different era. 

Now it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to be here to see the wonderful new space-age buildings and rooms.
I’m so excited to be part of it once again, I really am.”