Hos­pi­tal staff mark NHS’70th birth­day

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Staff and pa­tients at U n i v e r s i t y Hos p i t a l Mon­k­lands and health­care fa­cil­i­ties across Air­drie and Coat­bridge marked the 70th an­niver­sary of the Na­tional Health Ser­vice.

NHS La­nark­shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Calum Camp­bell said: “The NHS is one of the na­tion’s most well- loved in­sti­tu­tions and touches the lives of all of us.

“Over the past seven decades, it has had a tremen­dous im­pact on the health and well­be­ing of the pop­u­la­tion.

“The fu­ture of­fers ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther change and im­prove­ments to be made, but fun­da­men­tally re­lies on the knowl­edge and skills of our staff to en­sure de­liv­ery.”

The county’s note­wor­thy events over the ser­vice’s seven-decade his­tory in­clude the open­ing of Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal 40 years ago.

It was con­structed on the former ma­ter­nity hos­pi­tal site – be­queathed to lo­cal peo­ple by busi­ness­man and politi­cian Sir John Wil­son.

Lab­o­ra­tory ser vices at Mon­k­lands be­gan in De­cem­ber 1976 and the first pa­tients were ad­mit­ted in Fe­bru­ary 1977, with the hos­pi­tal ad­mit­ting 7552 pa­tients in its first full year.

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