Newspaper Article 1960 – Hastings nurse, Sister Leipst, to go to Korea

Hastings nurse, Sister Leipst, to go to Korea

Within the next few weeks  Sister E. I. Leipst, of the Hastings Memorial Hospital, will leave for Korea, to represent the Save the Children Fund. She is the first nurse appointed from New Zealand to work for the organization in Korea.

The appointment was made by the Dominion executive of the Save the Children Fund in consituation [consultation] with Miss Flora Cameron, Director of the Nursing Division.

Sister Leipst will be attached to the Masan Hospital and will also do district work. She will be working with English and Australian nurses.  Sister Leipst, who was born in Hastings, trained as a nurse at the Hastings Memorial Hospital, commencing in 1939. She later did her maternity training at Gisborne and then went to the Stratford Hospital. In Dunedin she carried out her Plunket training.  After doing infant Welfare work at Gisborne she returned to Hastings for 3½  years as a Plunket nurse.  In January 1950 she went to England and spent four years there and on the Shetland Islands and one year in Palestine.  Returning to Hastings she joined the staff of the Memorial Hospital and has spent 5½  years there. The Hawke’s Bay Hospital Board granted her two years’ leave of absence to go to Korea.

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