McClure Suite hon­our for paediatrician

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Two new state-of-the-art iso­la­tion rooms have been un­veiled for the ben­e­fit of chil­dren in NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran.

The rooms at the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Crosshouse near Kil­marnock have been named the McClure Suite in mem­ory of the late Dr John McClure, a greatly-ad­mired and re­spected con­sul­tant paediatrician who worked for many years in Ayr­shire and Ar­ran.

Dr McClure MBE, who looked af­ter a gen­er­a­tion of chil­dren, died in Jan­uary af­ter a five-year bat­tle with can­cer. He was 74.

A for­mer chair­man of the Scot­tish Cot Death Trust, he was well known on Ar­ran where he and his wife

‘We hope it is a fit­ting trib­ute to the mem­ory of Dr McClure’

Jean had a hol­i­day house in Cor­rie they reg­u­larly vis­ited from their home in Ayr.

The iso­la­tion rooms will be for pa­tients with in­fec­tious con­di­tions or who need to be kept iso­lated from the gen­eral ward. Each room in­cludes a sep­a­rate lobby for chang­ing into pro­tec­tive cloth­ing, an en suite bath­room and ded­i­cated waste dis­posal.

The new de­sign has cre­ated back-to-back rooms with a nurses’ desk that has a clear view to ob­serve pa­tients.

Dr McClure’s wife, Jean, of­fi­cially opened the suite along with staff from chil­dren’s ser­vices.

Fiona Scott, se­nior charge nurse for chil­dren’s in­pa­tients, said: ‘The McClure Suite is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the fa­cil­i­ties we have for our pa­tients and we hope it is a fit­ting trib­ute to the mem­ory of Dr McClure.’

Dr McClure’s wife, Jean, with two of their grand­daugh­ters and se­nior nurse Fiona Scott, opens the McClure Suite.

The late Dr John McClure.

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