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50th birthday surprise for Queen Elizabeth patient

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Going for dialysis is not how any of us would choose to spend our 50th birthday, but staff at the Queen Elizabeth’s Dialysis unit decided to make it as nice as possible for one of their regulars.

Gillian Haggerty, from Erskine, makes the trip to the unit three times a week for dialysis and was today given a 50th birthday surprise by the staff.

Gillian, who also volunteers one day a week at the Royal Hospital for Children, said: “I came in this morning to a banner, cake, balloon and pressie as well as lots of very warm wishes. It’s really very sweet and I feel very touched.

“Being here three days a week, you get to know the staff very well. They are a great team, just fabulous. I want to thank them for making today special for me.

Sister Sonia Campbell said: “Dialysis can be very tedious for patients, so we try to do whatever we can to lighten the mood. We need to remember they are not just tied up to a machine; they are a person after all.

“Gillian is a lovely lady and is very kind to the staff, so we had to make today as special as possible for her. I am glad we managed to make her happy!”


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Last Updated: 20 August 2019