Hospital staff mark NHS’70th birthday
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.