SPANISH MEDICAL AID COMMITTEE
24 New Oxford Street, W.C.1
Bulletin for June 1938
REORGANISATION OF MEDICAL UNITS IN SPAIN
The re-organisation of the medical units in Spain, foreshadowed at last September's Spanish Medical Aid Conference, has taken place smoothly, and all the British personnel in Spain, now scattered amongst several hospitals and divisions, is working harmoniously under the orders of the Sanidad, the central authority for medical services in Spain, and collaborating with the Spanish medical services, instead of acting as an independent Unit. In next month's bulletin we hope to be able to give a full and detailed account of the re-organisation. In this number we continue the series of nurses' accounts of their experiences in Spain.
COMRADESHIP lN THE MEDICAL AID UNITS
" It was not until I served with the British Medical Unit in Spain that I learned the true meaning of the word comradeship." said Nurse Phyllis Hibbert in an interview on her return from fifteen months' service.
"For the last few months I was with a mobile unit on the Aragon and Teruel Front, and we were never more than four kilometres from the front lines. We were bombed and machine-gunned from the air; we were continually being forced to retreat with the Republican troops and to set up our hospital in any building available. We had no means of heating in the bitter cold of the winter, we had to deal with as many as 200 cases a night, and we sometimes worked in the most appalling conditions, for forty hours at a stretch.
" And yet during all those terrible months I never heard a word of complaint, never encountered anything but willingness to help on the part of the staff of all European nationalities, who were sometimes reduced to communicating with each other by means of rough sketches and diagrams.