South London Healthcare flying the flags for Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
SLHT has started to fly the flags for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend. It is a special event for all especially for the Queen Elizabeth hospital staff. The hospital was named after the Queen and had an official royal opening by her on 11th December 2001. The QE has been a thriving working hospital for 11 years now, but still a number of slht staff remember the day her majesty visited the hospital.
Wendy Barnes who works at the Queen Elizabeth said "I am excited about the Jubilee celebrations it is so lovely to see the country come together and celebrate with the Queen. I was here when the Queen first came to open the Queen Elizabeth hospital in 2001, I remember she was wearing a lovely yellow suit and she had kindly gave us all a special pen to mark the opening of the hospital, which I have kept till today". See photo opposite.
The QE Imaging department also wanted to mark the visit and diamond jubilee celebration, the clerical team decorated the department, wearing special hand bands and sashes with union jack flags. Irene telfer who works in the Imaging department said” This is a really important and special event for us all , the hospital is named after the queen and she has visited our department too, I can’t wait to celebrate this weekend with her majesty this really is a once in a life time opportunity to see this."
Not only is the QE flying flags for the Queen but also Chislehurst Ward staff at Queen Mary's hospital are very excited about the celebrations and have decorated their ward for patients to enjoy with them and the Friends of Princess Royal Hospital, Farnborough are also giving out chocolates to hospital staff and patients this morning to celebrate.