Campbeltown Hospital celebrates 25th birthday

Newly retired John stands beside a photograph of himself on a staff night out 20 years ago.

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A paramedic whose 30-year career began five years before the birth of Campbeltown Hospital celebrated his retirement at its silver anniversary bash.

John Anderson, himself a part of the hospital’s history, was in one of the photographs on display at the 25th anniversary open day on Wednesday last week, the day he hung up his green uniform.

‘The highlight of my career was my first baby,’ John said. ‘One of the benefits of working in a small town like Campbeltown is that you can keep up with your patients’ lives – for example, that baby just got engaged.’

He caught up with former colleagues at the walk down memory lane, where photographs of staff and patients and old Courier clippings were displayed.

Moments captured include the first patient to arrive at the hospital and the first baby to be delivered after it opened in February 1993.

Other snapshots show the hospital as it is today, complete with the Sunshine Room, Accident and Emergency Department and Kintyre Kidney Dialysis Unit.

The event was held in the hospital’s Bengullion Ward, which was once the sitting room for the ward’s patients and is now the day room and used for community events.

Staff said that although 25 years does not seem long in many ways, the faces in the photographs who have since passed away – as well as some of the hairstyles – remind them how much time has passed.

John will celebrate his retirement by jetting to Australia at the end of November with his wife Flora.

‘We’re going for two months, for Christmas, to visit our daughter who lives there,’ John said. ‘I’ll decide what I’m going to do with my new-found free time when I get back!’