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Happy 70th birthday Musgrove Park Hospital
9:00am Friday 7th September 2012 in News
Buy this photo » Sophie Groves and Katie Neale
THERE was a wartime atmosphere as a hospital celebrated its 70th birthday.
Staff dressed up in 1940s clothes and visitors enjoyed birthday cake and a display of the site’s histor; several people handed over mementoes for the archives at Somerset Heritage Centre.
Musgrove Park Hospital was originally set up as a Second World War military hospital in September 1942.
Communications manager Dave Shuttleworth said: “Musgrove has changed enormously since then and we are currently looking forward to the completion of the Jubilee Building.
“That will see the demolition of the 1940s buildings which have served us well over the years, but it will be nice to have a state-of-the-art building for the fantastic services we’ll continue to offer.”
Louise Donovan, who is co-ordinating the archive material, said: “We’ve had old photos, newspaper cuttings, training pamphlets, medical equipment and even dressings in the original packaging.
“We’ve got material from the whole 70 years – everyday stuff that has made Musgrove the place it is today.