Although Dora Rose is our newest addition to the Macc Care family, the site has a long and significant history in Milford and the Birmingham area.
Our chosen name ‘Dora Rose’ pays homage to Dorothy Wyndlow Pattinson, a nun and nurse who dedicated years of her life to helping establish a crucial hospital for the people of Walsall during the 19th century. More information on the history of Dora Rose can be found in the details section further down.
Please note: Dora Rose is expected to open later this year. Please get in touch for further information.
History of Dora Rose
Sister Dora, as she is more commonly known, maintained a great standard of care for her hospital’s patients, setting a wider example for how nursing should be carried out across the country. She was so highly regarded among the people of Walsall that upon her death in 1878, the community donated money not just for the hospital, but for a permanent memorial of Sister Dora, located today in the centre of Walsall. It is believed that Sister Dora was the first woman in the United Kingdom, other than royalty, to have a statue erected in her memory.
Furthering the memory of her unforgettable dedication to care, was the 1884 opening of the Sister Dora Convalescent Home in Milford. By 1915 the number of casualties arriving back in the UK as a result of the war was overwhelming and the home was soon taken over by Military Authorities for the remainder of the war. The Sister Dora Convalescent Home was eventually closed in 1968, and for a time since then has been used as a care home for people suffering from dementia or physical disabilities. Now, in 2019, Macc Care is bringing a new lease of life to Sister Dora’s legacy, with the opening of our brand-new Dora Rose home.
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