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Ancillary Staff & Volunteers

Ancillary Staff

Stobhill could not exist without ancillary staff, such as cleaners and porters, or allied health professionals like pharmacists or therapists.

In 1904, most ancillary staff lived at Stobhill. Their lives were governed by hospital rules, some of which seem surprising now. For example, Cook inspected staff bedrooms to make sure they were tidy.

One employee had a bad experience just after Stobhill opened. He wanted to write about the hospital, but Dr Core forbade it, declared him insane and sent him to Woodilee Asylum. When he was released he wrote his brochure anyway, with uncomplimentary references to Dr Core!


Many voluntary groups have supported the hospital over the years. In 1974 Stobhill appointed a Voluntary Services Manager (the first in Scotland) to work with them.

Early on, the ladies of the Brabazon Employment Society worked with patients, for example teaching crafts like basket making, writing letters or delivering messages.

The Stobhill branch of the Glasgow Hospitals Auxiliary Association (1949 - 2001) raised money for facilities and organised events for patients. The Stobhill General Hospital Samaritan Society (1951 - 1991) made grants to patients in need.

The Women’s Royal Voluntary Service established a trolley shop in 1950 and a canteen in the out-patients department in 1960. Today WRVS volunteers run the café at the main entrance.

Last Updated: 01 March 2019