IT must have been a proud moment for these nurses at the city’s former Longmore Hospital.
Their smiling faces said it all as they celebrated their achievements at an annual prize giving, their tireless dedication recognised and rewarded.
Now home to Historic Scotland, the former hospital on Salisbury Place in Newington closed its doors in 1991 to transfer services to the Western General. Many of its former staff are now retired, but the hospital and their contribution to health care is firmly placed in the Capital’s rich history.
And this week we praise that, and the work of all health care professionals past and present across the Lothians, as the NHS in Scotland celebrates its 65th birthday.
As these pictures show, the Lothians has a lot to celebrate when it comes to quality health care.
Unfortunately, there was little to smile about back in November 1988 when, as pictured here, fire ripped through the roof of the nurses’ home at the former City Hospital in Greenbank.
Around 30 nurses were at home when the blaze broke out in the 80-year-old building, prompting more than 50 firefighters from 11 crews to rush to put it out.
Thankfully there was reason for nurses to cheer at the former Bruntsfield Hospital, in Whitehouse Loan, some years earlier in June 1985 when the landmark celebrated its centenary year. Despite the threat of closure hanging over the hospital’s head, staff held a pavement street party at the entrance.
Meanwhile, cards signed by 400 supporters of the Bruntsfield Hospital Action Committee were submitted to the Scottish Office in a bid to save it from closure.