Healthcare, during the war years and before, was not what it is today, there were no "jabs" for Measles, Mumps, Whooping Cough etc. and as a result these illnesses were commonplace and many children suffered. At times more than half of the children missed school because of illness.
At this time there was no free healthcare, if you needed to visit the doctor then you had to pay.
The village school received regular visits from the dentist and the school nurse. When the Dentist came he would take over the schoolroom for extractions and fillings while the rest of the children had to shelter in a nearby garage and continue lessons as best they could.
Nurse Stubbs was a more frequent visitor and not just to search for head lice, she also provided basic (free) healthcare to village children.
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