Staff at Spire Hartswood Hospital are delighted to be celebrating 30 years since the hospital first opened on 29 May 1983.
Several members of staff who worked at the hospital on its opening day remain working there three decades later. They, along with many more of the original staff were invited to a 'Staff of '83' reunion last week to enjoy a celebratory lunch and afternoon tea.
Also invited was local singer/songwriter Danielle Barnett who was the first patient of the hospital in May 1983 when she was just eight years old.
Back then, private healthcare was in a boom period with new hospitals springing up to meet growing demand for private medicine and surgery.
Huge changes have ensued with a shift towards outpatient and day care that could not have been imagined 30 years’ ago.
Today Spire Hartswood Hospital has 14 consulting rooms to serve over 40,000 outpatients a year. Yet, in 1983, three consulting rooms were considered enough!
Danielle Barnett will also be interviewed on Phoenix FM today at 11.30am. Please listen in to find out more about her experiences at The Hartswood.