Little Aston Hospital opened its doors to patients 25 years ago in April 1985, since then it is estimated that the hospital has treated in excess of 150,000 patients from the surrounding areas of Sutton Coldfield and Staffordshire.
Funded by local medical professionals and business men, the £6.2 million hospital was built in under one year. The hospital was amongst the most modern and comprehensive of any in the area, built to fill a gap that had been identified in the private medical facilities that served the patients of North Birmingham, South Staffordshire and in particular Walsall and Sutton Coldfield.
Originally sited in 5.2 acres of tranquil parkland, which once belonged to Little Aston Hall, the development created 100 new jobs in the area at a time when unemployment in the West Midlands area was running at 15 percent of the working population. Ahead of the hospital opening to patients, an open day for members of the public attracted over 2000 visitors and the hospital received brilliant reviews.
It was a special day for patients, staff and local residents when the hospital received a Royal visit from Princess Anne who declared the hospital ‘well and truly open’ on the 11th October 1985. During her visit she made time to have a word with every patient and virtually every member of staff. Children from local schools including Little Aston Primary and St Peters in Stonnall lined her route in to the hospital.
Today the hospital treats over 6000 patients each year and over the years has seen significant investment including recent developments such as the new CT scanner in 2008 and the opening of the Spire Eye Centre in 2009. Development is to start soon on a radiotherapy unit in partnership with CancerPartnersUK which will bring the first private radiotherapy unit to the West Midlands.
In celebration of the last 25 years Spire Little Aston Hospital are holding a Silver Jubilee Ball on the 8th May 2010 at the Birmingham ICC in support of Acorns Children’s Charity. Little Aston Hospital would like to invite ex-employees and consultants to join in their spectacular celebrations.
Ruth Paulin, Hospital Director says ‘marking this major milestone with a fantastic ball will be a great opportunity to recognise the achievements of individuals and the hospital over the last 25 years and celebrate the occasion. We are very proud of the hospitals heritage and excited about what the future holds’.
If you are an ex-employee or consultant and would like more information about the event or to order your tickets please contact Katrina Sheridan on 0121 580 7259.