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PEH celebrates 70th

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SUNDAY celebrations marked the 70th anniversary of the day the Princess Elizabeth Hospital opened.

A permanent anniversary exhibition now lines the walls of the main ground corridor, telling the hospital’s history.

Culture, arts and health manager at the hospital, Lottie Barnes, headed the anniversary exhibition.

‘For me it’s about celebrating the hospital which I believe is the heart of the community and about celebrating those who have and do contribute,’ she said.

She said she had enjoyed researching the hospital’s history.

Culture, arts and health manager Lottie Barnes with the bell from the old town hospital which is now part of the anniversary display. (25027043)

‘It’s been brilliant. It’s taken six months of research, I’ve been looking at Guernsey Museum and Galleries, the Priaulx Library and Island Archives and the Board of Health notes,’ said Ms Barnes.

During the day activities were planned for families.

This included a giant version of the game, Operation, created by artist Marcel Lenormand.

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Mr Lenormand’s son, J-P, 11, was manning the game.

‘It was quite quick, it probably took him two weeks so quite a process to make it,’ he said.

‘It’s very good to celebrate [the hospital anniversary] and to make people remember how it was back then,’ said J-P.

A celebratory service was held in the Emma Ferbrache Room delivered by the chaplaincy team and included readings, poetry and a performance from the Hope Choir.

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The Hope Choir sing during the service in the Emma Ferbrache Room as part of the anniversary celebrations. (25027041)

Lead hospital chaplain the Rev. Linda Le Vasseur said the service had been designed to fit different faiths.

‘There’s a Hindu prayer, quotes from the Muslim faith, Bible readings and a bit of audience participation,’ she said.

‘It’s the 70th anniversary of the hospital but it’s also very poignant for us that the chaplaincy has been here right from the start.’

Those in the Emma Ferbrache Room were also welcomed to write something they were thankful for in the hospital on card which will be displayed as bunting.

Health & Social Care president Deputy Heidi Soulsby cuts70th birthday cake, with a piece given to those who were at yesterday’s celebration. (25027033)

The official opening of the anniversary exhibition was carried out by Health & Social Care president Heidi Soulsby who said this was a special day for the PEH.

‘Seventy years ago today the Princess Elizabeth Hospital was opened by Princess Elizabeth one day to become our queen.’

She said the exhibition not only highlighted the seventy years of history of the PEH but also the history of hospital on the island before then.

‘I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the exhibition, not just photographs,’

As well as images and books, a bell that would have been in the old town hospital was found for the exhibition and now hangs as part of the exhibition.

‘Special thanks go to Lottie Barnes who really curated this whole exhibition and what a special piece of work this is,’ said Deputy Soulsby who then said the biggest thanks went to all those who have worked in the hospital.

Charlotte Le Marquand

By Charlotte Le Marquand
News reporter

Charlie Le Marquand

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