Great Western Hospital celebrates its 20th anniversary
By Jessica Durston - 5 December 2022
Staff, volunteers, and retired colleagues from Princess Margaret Hospital have been celebrating Swindon's Great Western Hospital's 20th anniversary.
Staff and volunteers from GWH have been celebrating 20 years in operation, and joined together to spell out 'GWH' to mark the two-decade milestone (pictured above).
A spokesperson from the hospital said: "Our thanks also goes to Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Search and Rescue whose drone operators took some fantastic photos from the sky.
"20 years ago today, at 7.00am in the morning, the Great Western Hospital doors opened for the very first time.
"It had been years of detailed planning and construction, but on 2 December 2002, the Princess Margaret Hospital waved goodbye to the very last patient as they were transported across Swindon to the new, modern hospital on the other side of town."
Nunu Moyo, Patient Safety and Risk Matron, and Dr Tony Pickworth, Consultant, were two of the staff members supporting the transfer of patients from PMH to GWH twenty years ago. The pair say they are both still committed staff members.
On the GWH NHS Foundation Trust's social media streams, a video has been shared that takes a look back on the last 20 years.
Nunu and Tony reflect on some of the early planning stages in the video, and discuss how they felt working in a brand new hospital. They are also joined in the video by Chief Executive, Kevin McNamara and some other individuals from across the organisation.
The video can be viewed below: