University Hospital Llandough 80th anniversary celebrations a "fantastic success"
11:32am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Penarth news
PATIENTS, staff and the public have been thanked for making the 80th birthday celebrations of University Hospital Llandough a special success.
A full day of events were arranged to mark the opening of the hospital in 1933 and included a special concert and the launch of a new ‘living’ museum.
Maria Battle, Chair of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, opened the museum thanking everyone for their efforts and said: “A lot of hard work has gone in to mark this special day and it is just the beginning. Today is about the past and present, but also acknowledges a magnificent future for the hospital which will soon have some of the best mental health facilities in Wales.”
Dr Peter Beck, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan and a consultant at the hospital for 30 years opened the new museum and said what a great pleasure it was to see so many items from the past.
The hospital has enjoyed a rich history since it was officially opened and was the home to the first Cystic Fibrosis Unit and first kidney transplant in Wales.
Peter Welsh, the hospital’s general manager, said the rich history was now captured within the new museum which had been fuelled by donations from across the UK.
He said: “I want to say a big thank you to everyone that made this happen. We have had retired staff, current staff, partners from the community and third sector, all be part of the celebrations and we could not have made this happen without their contributions.”
Mr Welsh encouraged the public and staff to visit the museum at the hospital’s boardroom and learn more about its history. Local schools have been invited to visit and make the museum part of their history lessons.
A number of prizes were presented to local school children who had taken part in an art competition as part of the 80th celebrations
Stanwell School’s Joe Doust won the first prize in the individual section with fellow pupil Anna Beatrice Friedl coming second.
Children and teachers from Llantwit Major Art Group collected first prize in the school competition with Llandough Primary School winning second place.
The presentation was one of a number of events at the hospital which included performances from Music in Hospital’s string quartet, 1930s themed dinners for patients and staff, a visit from police and community teams and a celebratory concert marking the anniversary.
The hospital’s new choir performed a series of numbers and received a standing ovation for their Les Miserables medley at the end.
Mr Welsh said the day had been a fantastic success and a great chance to acknowledge the hospital’s past whilst looking towards its exciting future.
He said: “Over the last five to six years we’ve seen over £200 million spent to develop the hospital which I’m sure will continue to develop as a centre of excellence.”