Help cel­e­brate as hos­pi­tal turns 100

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HARE­FIELD Hos­pi­tal is turn­ing 100 and is invit­ing for­mer pa­tients, lo­cal res­i­dents, and cur­rent and ex-staff to help cel­e­brate.

Foot­baller turned ac­tor, Vin­nie Jones, starred in a video on the hos­pi­tal’s be­half to tell the story of his wife’s treat­ment there.

And mem­o­ries from pa­tients or rel­a­tives, lo­cal res­i­dents, and cur­rent and for­mer staff, will be recorded and saved in the Hare­field ar­chive to be pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Se­lected ex­cerpts will fea­ture in the Hare­field Cen­te­nary Ex­hi­bi­tion in Septem­ber at the hos­pi­tal’s Con­cert Hall and in other cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions.

Sian Carter, cen­te­nary project lead, said: “We are look­ing for­ward to hear­ing un­told sto­ries and trea­sured mem­o­ries about the hos­pi­tal, which will no doubt make our cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions even more spe­cial.”

She is also in­ter­ested in what Hare­field Hos­pi­tal was like from the 1930s un­til the 1950s when it cared for tu­ber­cu­lo­sis pa­tients and sto­ries from when it be­came a lead­ing cen­tre for trans­plan­ta­tion in the 1980s.

Arte­facts about Hare­field’s past, in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs, let­ters and di­aries, are also of in­ter­est.

Staff are also keen to hear from peo­ple with sto­ries about mem­bers of the Aus­tralian and New Zealand Army Corps (AN­ZAC) who were treated at Hare­field af­ter it opened in 1915.

If you would like to be in­ter­viewed or have items which help tell Hare­field’s story please email oral his­to­rian, Sarah Chaney at s.chaney@rbht.nhs.uk.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can fol­low in Vin­nie Jones’ foot­steps and con­trib­ute on­line at www.tolbc.com/ hare­field­hos­pi­tal.

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