Celebrate 30 years of town’s hospital

Bridlington Hospital
Bridlington Hospital

Bridlington Hospital is throwing open its doors as it marks its 30th birthday – and the special guest will be the first baby to be born at the site in 1988.

Tina Rycroft will join the mayor of Bridlington, Cllr Colin Croft, and a number of staff who worked at the site from day one, to official open the celebration event on July 7.

The hospital opened in 1988

The hospital opened in 1988

Visitors will be able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the building, taste test hospital food in the canteen and visit Yorkshire’s flagship mobile chemotherapy unit.

Younger guests can take a look around an ambulance, have their faces painted, call in at the outpatients department to have a plaster cast and even watch surgeons hard at work as they perform ‘operations’ in the theatres.

York Teaching Hospital Charity will be organising a teddy bear hunt and there will be a tombola courtesy of the Friends of Bridlington Hospital.

Mike Proctor, chief executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This year Bridlington Hospital turned 30 and the NHS turns 70 on July 5, so this event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions.

“The event will celebrate all the fantastic work that goes on at Bridlington Hospital and will showcase how it has changed and evolved over the years.

“In recent years the hospital has earned a fantastic reputation in terms of patient experience and for delivering high quality, efficient care for elective surgery, of which staff should feel rightly proud of.”

The free open day, between 10am and 2pm, will also feature NHS careers advice, tips from the Health Trainers and photos that tell the story of the NHS’s 70 years. The hospital received its first patients in March 1988, and was officially opened by the Duchess of Gloucester in May 1989.

Rebekah Walkington is part of the staff group who organised the event. She said: “The birthday celebrations are a great way to showcase all the great work that is going on at Bridlington Hospital. It will also give everyone from the local community a fantastic opportunity to come down to meet staff and understand what work goes on behind the scenes.

“There is a real buzz of excitement and anticipation throughout the hospital and it’s fantastic to see everyone coming together to ensure that the day will be a success. We hope that people will come along and show support for their local hospital and the NHS, for what promises to be a fun and lively event.”