Spire Liverpool Hospital Celebrates 70 years

Over 100 staff gathered at The Racquet Club in the city centre to celebrate Spire Liverpool Hospital’s 70th birthday. The event, in addition to marking the 70 year milestone, also recognised the contribution the hospital’s employees have made over the year.

Spire Liverpool Hospital formerly the Lourdes Hospital opened its doors on the current site in Greenbank Road in 1943 after the original building was severely damaged in the war, and the work was transferred to the property purchased in July 1943 in Greenbank Road, the current Spire Liverpool Hospital location.

There were numerous awards announced on the evening to the hospital staff. Amongst the winners was catering assistant, Rowena Troy, who walked away with the biggest award of the evening, employee of the year.

Spire’s very own Perform physiotherapist, Dave Cheetham, a keen DJ and karaoke singer, provided the entertainment on the night. He covered a range of music and entertainment for the staff to celebrate this very special moment.

Hospital Director  Alison Peake said, “We were thrilled with how well the evening went, celebrating such a big milestone for our hospital. It was a great opportunity to congratulate and thank our staff for the hard work they have put in to the development of the hospital over the years.”

This fabulous cake tasted as good as it looks. Hospital Director Alison Peake looked good in marzipan too.

Hoapital Director Alison Peake and Business Development Manager Janine Melia announce awards.

From left to right, Admin assistant Simon McBride, Hospital PA Jenny Pearson, Clinical Governance Lead Helen Garfield-Ford, Medical Secretary Julie Devine and Samantha Blower Clinical Governance Administrator.

Nurses Carol Gibbs and Carol Tildsley

Helen Garfield-Ford with Perform physiotherapists Maryke Nielsen and Jane Lumley

House Keepers Linda Du-Buisson and Lynne Murphy

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History of Spire Liverpool Hospital

The Lourdes Hospital, Liverpool, had its origins in the caring works of the order of Roman Catholic Sisters who founded it, the Congregation of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God. The origins of the hospital are separate from its current location and function. In 1891, the well-known Monsignor James Nugent ‘father of the poor’, whose statue stands to this day in central Liverpool, appealed to Frances Taylor [religious name, Mother Magdalen Taylor], founder of the congregation, to establish a refuge for vulnerable and destitute women, following the closure by the authorities of a number of ‘disorderly houses’.

The womens refuge was re-opened as Lourdes Hospital in 1929 but then moved to Greenbank Road in July 1943 following damage that had occured during the war.

From then on a number of phases of building and extension work were carried out on the Lourdes Hospital in order to improve the facilities. These included, from 1969-72, works including new patients’ rooms, consulting rooms, matron’s office, accommodation for a resident doctor, reception, book-keeper’s office, and nurses’ home; in 1981 a new operating theatre, laboratory and consulting rooms; in 1984 the conversion of St Bernadette’s nurses’ home into a convalescent home; and from 1990-4 the erection of a new 16-bed unit, a chapel/physiotherapy building, laundry, out-patients’ department and x-ray department.

Today the hospital has 38 beds and is currently described as being ‘at the very forefront of medical diagnosis and treatment on Merseyside’. Spire Liverpool Hospital continues the facility’s reputation for quality of care.  The hospitals history for growth and development is continued with the opening of the new Spire Formby Clinic.

© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)