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A Snapshot of Gartnavel Royal Hospital's History is Left for Future Generations

June 04, 2007 3:44 PM

A timecapsule containing items giving a snapshot of the history of Gartnavel Royal Hospital, has been buried at a special ceremony at the site on Friday, June 1.
The capsule will be placed in ground beside the Hub of the new £19 million replacement hospital, scheduled to open this autumn.
It’s will include photographs of current hospital staff, a CD of music produced by the lottery-funded Polyphony project, and a copy of “Let There Be Light Again,” a history of the hospital on its current site up until 1993.
Dr Iain Smith, a Consultant at Gartnavel Royal, said: “The new facility will house all of the existing acute psychiatric care wards under one roof.
“A great deal of thought and attention had gone into the design of the new hospital with a view to making it a place suitable for high quality, psychiatric inpatient care for the 21st century and beyond the 200th anniversary of the hospital as an institution in 2014.”
The new hospital which has been designed by Glasgow architects, macmon, will offer enhanced patient care by comprising smaller wards as well as single rooms for patients, improved clinical and therapeutic areas and better educational facilities.
In total there will be 117 inpatient beds in six separate wards including three adult wards, two elderly wards and one intensive psychiatric care unit. Each ward will also come with single bedrooms and ensuite facilities.
Design of the hospital has been created around a ‘hub and spoke model’ with all administrative, therapy and counselling services located in a two-storey central hub, while single storey adult and elderly wards will extend in ‘spokes’ from either side of the hub.
Jim Crichton, Head Of Mental Health Services, West Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership, said:
“While we will always strive to support people in their own homes and communities, it is essential that when people do require hospital admission that this is a positive and beneficial experience. The development of the New Gartnavel Royal Hospital will allow us to achieve the highest quality of care in the best possible environment”
The development, which is being taken forward by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in partnership with Robertson Capital Projects, is part of a wider strategy to modernise and improve mental health facilities and services across the city.
Bill Robertson, Executive Chairman, of Robertson Group, said:
“I am pleased that a decision has been made to plant a timecapsule in the new Gartnavel Royal Hospital’s foundations.
“Remarkably, this will be the third timecapsule in Gartnavel’s history and marks a significant time in the chronology of the hospital in Glasgow. We are delighted to be involved in creating this new part of Glasgow’s medical history.
“The timecapsule contains a record of the hospital’s history on site from the 19th century, plus current local newspapers and plans for the new replacement hospital, not to mention a variety of items which relate to the new hospital’s time of build.
“All of this will be of great interest for future generations who will be able to read up on landmark events in the history of what is a real Glasgow institution.
"Robertson Group has a strong history of delivering healthcare projects in partnership with the NHS. This latest project sees the development of a much needed and valued facility for Glasgow.
"In recognising the significant impact that the physical environment has on the quality of treatment, rehabilitation and recovery of patients, our focus is to deliver a new hospital following guidelines researched and developed by organisations that particularly specialise in design standards for mental healthcare facilities. Every effort has been made to provide an atmosphere that promotes a feeling of comfort, privacy, security and self-esteem among patients.”
Current and former staff and patients will attend the ceremony on Friday, together with Jim Crichton, Head of Mental Health for West Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership; and the Reverend Derek Haley, former Chaplain to the hospital.
You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the site office of Robertson Construction Group at Gartnavel Royal Hospital on Friday, June 1, at 11am.
The office can be found by keeping to the left hand side of the grounds and as you follow the road the office is behind a large chimney.
For more information contact Susan Carden, Communications Officer, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, tel. 0141 201 4429/305 0305, (m) 07971 267759.

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