University Hospital Llandough celebrates 80th anniversary
2:42pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Penarth news
LONG-SERVING STAFF: Suzie Curtin, Suzie Coombs and Keeley Baker have worked at the hospital for a combined total of 122 years(1733136)
EIGHTY years of care will be celebrated at University Hospital Llandough on Friday.
The hospital was officially opened on October 25, 1933, after the foundation stone was laid in 1928.
Since then the hospital has enjoyed a rich history and played a key role in the lives of countless people locally and from across Wales.
Peter Welsh, the Hospital’s General Manager, said: “I’ve been really impressed with the enthusiasm from staff and the efforts that have been put into marking the hospital’s 80th birthday.
“We’ve had a great deal of support from the public too who have kindly donated photos, artefacts and memories that have helped to bring the hospital’s history to life and will feature in the new ‘living museum’ in the hospital’s boardroom.”
Lord Lieutenant Peter Beck, former consultant at the hospital, will officially open the new museum which details the hospital’s history and features old equipment and pictures that paint a vivid picture of the hospital’s past.
There will also be a prize awarded to a local school for a ‘making me smile in hospital’ competition, as well as a variety of events on the day, including 1930s themed meals and games for patients and a performance by the hospital’s recently formed choir at a special celebratory concert.
Mr Welsh added: “We are very lucky to have a great sense of community at Llandough which will hopefully shine through during the celebrations.
“There’s an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us on the day.”
Long-serving staff Suzie Coombs, Keeley Baker and Suzie Curtin have worked at the hospital for a combined total of 122 years and said that the hospital had changed dramatically during their time working there.
Keeley Baker, who has been at the hospital for 35 years, said: “When I first came in the consultants had their own silver service and it was very much ‘us and them’.
“Now the consultants are very much part of us and we all work together.”
She added: “It’s lovely to see how Llandough has progressed.
“With all these new builds its state of the art now.”
She added that the biggest change they had faced was going from paper notes to computers.
“It was frightening when they moved over to computers as I used to use the old type writers.”
Suzie Curtin, who has worked at the hospital for 50 years, said: “As the hospital was smaller then it was like one big family as we knew everyone, and their partners and children too.
“The size of the hospital is huge now.
“I just love the people and staff, and the atmosphere here too.”
Suzie Coombs, who has been at the hospital for 37 years, added: “We spend more time here than we do at our own homes.
“They will be putting us in the museum soon!”
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