25 Isabella Stenhouse
MB ChB (Ed 1913)
30 July 1887 – 7 Aug 1983 [London]
1913 Resident at 9 Johns Place Leith Edinburgh. Obtained her medical education at the Edinburgh School of Medicine for Women from where she qualified in 1913. Won the Dorothy Gilfillan prize of £11 7s 6d awarded to the most distinguished woman MB ChB in the final examination.
House Surgeon at Liverpool Royal Infirmary.
Apr 1915 Surgeon with the French Red Cross at the Anglo–Ethiopian Hospital Frévent and at the Voluntary Hospital Bénévole St Valéry sur Somme. The latter hospital had 63 beds and was open from 19 December 1914 to 29 September 1915. Following its closure, Dr Stenhouse returned to Edinburgh and took up a post as a Demonstrator in Anatomy.
24 July 1916 Contracted to work for 12 months as a Civilian Surgeon attached to the RAMC. Her salary was 24 shillings a day including allowances, but excluding duty transport. A gratuity of £60 was awarded at the end of the contract, provided employment was not terminated for misconduct. Most of the medical women were invited to renew their contracts at the expiry of their first year's work.
12 Aug 1916 Embarked from Southampton for Malta on the Hospital Ship (H.S.) Gloucester Castle as part of the Women's Medical Unit RAMC.
Worked in Malta in St Ignatius College Hospital Sliema.
Sep 1917 On duty at St Ignatius College Hospital.
4 May 1918 – 7 May 1919 On duty in Alexandra Egypt.
4 May 1919 Returned to England (injured while off duty). Dr Stenhouse fractured her arm when she fell off a horse in Egypt. Was granted 6 weeks sick leave from her date of embarkation up to 7 May 1919.
14 Oct 1919 Married Captain Hubert S. Lane MC the London Irish Rifles at St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh. The Very Rev A. Wallace Williamson DD Dean of the Thistle and Chapel Royal officiated.
1923 Listed in the Medical Directory as residing at 32 Eldon Place Newcastle-on-Tyne. She was a member of the British Medical Association, Member of the Society of Medical Officers of Health, and a member of the Medical Women Federation. Had been Medical Officer for the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar working in their Mother and Child Welfare Centres. Was also Clinical Assistant in the Medical Out Patients of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital.
7 August 1983 Died in West Kensington London aged 95 years.
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