Published: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Chair blog: Queen's Baton Relay
This month’s blog, I want to write about the amazing success of the Queen’s Baton Relay as it made its way across West Dunbartonshire, stopping off at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre.
After months of preparation from our team, the Baton arrived at the Golden Jubilee on Friday 18 July to the delight of thousands of members of the local community, our staff and patients. We were so pleased to welcome back one of our most inspirational heart transplant recipients and official Baton Bearer for the day, Suzanne Swinson.
Suzanne underwent a heart transplant at the Golden Jubilee in 2011 and has been determined to prove you can live an active and healthy lifestyle after this life changing surgery, recently picking up five medals at the World Winter Transplant Games.
We are all extremely humbled by the incredible accomplishments Suzanne has made since her operation more than three years ago, and it was a privilege to be able to share in what was a very special day for her.
Suzanne was greeted on her triumphant return to the Golden Jubilee by our official NHS Staff Guard of Honour before making her way through the same wards she was a patient in only a few short years ago, taking the time to check in on some of our current patients along the way.
Finally, making her way down the main thoroughfare of the hospital, Suzanne’s journey came to a close in the Central Plaza of the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, where she was met by more than 40 heart transplant patients, forming our invited Patient Guard of Honour. The occasion was marked with the Jubilee Choir welcoming Suzanne to take centre stage, as they kicked off the Big Song Relay for West Dunbartonshire, singing Here’s to All Our Common Wealth.
The day was far from over however, as our staff dance troupe proceeded to lead the room in an impromptu flash mob, before handing over the floor to the Street Feet dance team for an amazing display of group street dance. Entertainment continued throughout the day, making sure that as many people as possible had the chance to get involved in the festivities and be part of the celebrations ahead of Glasgow 2014.
Hosting the Queen’s Baton Relay on one of its final stops was a real honour for us and gave not only the local community, but several of our patients (past and present) the opportunity to be a part of history and share in the spirit of the Commonwealth Games.
Person Centred Care is at the heart of everything we do here at the Golden Jubilee and our team worked incredibly hard not only to ensure that this was a fantastic event for all involved, but that our services continued running as normal.
Now that Glasgow 2014 is officially underway, with our very own Deputy Cardiology Physiology Manager Murray Jummun announcing Team Scotland at the opening ceremony, we are delighted to have played our part and send our best wishes to all the athletes and their teams for all they have accomplished to be here with us in Scotland, where they are so very welcome.