Hospital appeal for memories

The first patient is received into Bassetlaw Hospital
The first patient is received into Bassetlaw Hospital

Bassetlaw Hospital A&E department will celebrate its 30th anniversary in March and is appealing for previous patients, staff and local residents to get in touch with their memories and photographs from around the time of its opening in 1984.

The A&E department was built after conditions at the Victoria Hospital, which served Bassetlaw from 1900 to 1996, became cramped and outdated.

Staff are now hoping people will come forward with their stories and photographs of the opening day and hope to eventually display them in a special exhibition at the hospital.

Chris Caudwell, who worked as a Nursing Officer at the hospital and was there on the official opening day, said: “Because the old Victoria hospital was quite antiquated with little space, it was seriously exciting to be given a spacious building with brand new furniture and fittings.”

“We had waited for a new hospital to be opened in Worksop for so long, so the opening day was a huge success with a lovely atmosphere.”

Anne Shaw, who has been a nurse practitioner at the A&E department since it opened amd still works there, said: “In the blink of an eye, thirty years has passed.”

“When I look back on my time here, I feel incredibly humbled.”

“The hospital has become sentimental to me- we cannot let the 30th anniversary of its opening go by without commemorating the date in some way.”

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