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GARTNAVEL GALA TO MARK 30 GREAT YEARS

October 14, 2003 2:07 PM

Gartnavel General Hospital will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in suitably lively style by holding a family Gala Day on Saturday 11 October 2003.

Hospital staff, who are looking forward to Gartnavel's future as a state-of-the-art centre for care, warmly welcomed the chance to reflect on the many changes they have witnessed during their working lives there.

Medical secretary Mae Turkington has worked within the hospital since its opening and, as one of the hospital's longest-serving members of staff, will be drawing prize draw winners.  Reflecting on her time at Gartnavel and the changes she has seen, she said, "As the hospital has grown up, the staff have grown along with it.  I have been lucky to work with so many young colleagues over the years and we have learned a lot from each other."

Managing the hospital's Recovery Room, Sister Moira Reid is another original member of staff.  She too has many fond memories: "I have seen many great characters come and go over the years – Heads of Department, ward maids, porters, Estates staff, surgeons and anaesthetists.  Maybe I'll write my memoirs when I retire!"

Rosie Cherry, Hospital Manager at Gartnavel, is looking forward to the celebrations, "This is a great opportunity for staff and visitors not only to have fun but to mark this important milestone.  I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and commitment those involved have shown."

Tim Davison, North Glasgow Trust Chief Executive, said "This anniversary has prompted us all to consider Gartnavel's past, present and future.  The Trust's plans for the site are extremely exciting.  The proposals include purpose built acute and psychiatric facilities, a multi-storey car park and improved access to the site.  The recent decision by Glasgow councillors to approve our outline planning application is an important step to realising our vision in improving care for the people of Greater Glasgow."

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For further information please contact Andrea Thomson on 0141 201 3299 or e-mail [email protected].scot.nhs.uk

Notes to Editors:

·   Entry to the gala is free.  It is being held between 11am and 3pm.  The many attractions featured include a five-a-side football tournament, bouncy castle, free face painting, pitch and putt, disco tent and prize draw.  The Women's Royal Voluntary Service will also provide free refreshments and assorted goodies on the day. 

·   Gartnavel General was officially opened by Princess Alexandra in 1973, having been operational from December the previous year. 

·   The £7million hospital was the first of eight similar district general hospitals being built in the Clyde Valley at that time by the Regional Hospital Board.  It employed a total of 1200 staff and accommodated 576 patients.

·   Gartnavel General Hospital today has 1786 staff and accommodates 564 patients.

·   Glasgow City Council planning officials have approved the first stage of a Joint Masterplan by Greater Glasgow Primary Care and North Glasgow Trusts.    This proposals for the Gartnavel site include:

§         A new purpose-built psychiatric hospital to replace existing inpatient facilities at Gartnavel Royal Hospital

§         A new acute teaching hospital for the west of Glasgow

§         A new multi-storey car park

§         Phased disposal of surplus NHS land and buildings

§         Redevelopment of the surplus land for residential use through the refurbishment of existing listed buildings to create around 100 homes and the creation of around 240 additional new homes

§         Improved single access to the site at the Great Western Road entrance

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