The new emergency hospital being built at Glasgow's SEC to treat coronavirus patients is to be named in honour of a Maryhill nurse.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman announced today that the temporary unit is to be named the Louisa Jordan Hospital, who dedicated her life to aid efforts during the first world war in countries including Serbia.

A similar hospital in London has been named The Nightingale, after Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Louise was born on July 24 1878 at 279 Gairbraid Street in Maryhill, the only daughter of Henry and Helen Jordan.

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After qualifying as a nurse she went to work at Crumpsall Infirmary in Manchester and returned to Scotland to work in Shotts Fever Hospital.

Before she left for Serbia she was living and working in Buckhaven, a mining community in Fife as a Queen's nurse or district nurse.

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She signed up to join the first world war effort on December 1 1914 and joined the 1st Serbian unit under the command of Dr Eleanor Soltua.

By the middle of February a typhus ward was up and running and Louisa, who had some experience having worked in Shotts Fever Hospital, was in charge.

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She died of typhus in Serbia on March 6 1915, age 36, is buried in Chela Kula Military Cemetery, and commemorated at Wilton Church Glasgow and on the Buckhaven War Memorial.

The people of Serbia have never forgotten the remarkable courage and self-sacrifice shown by these women and a dedicated service is held each year in Kraguievac.

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